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DEPOPULATION

Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jul 21, 2017
Most Japanese firms see positives in raising retirement age amid tight labor market: poll
More than half of Japanese companies are planning to raise the retirement age of their workforce, a Reuters poll shows, with many saying it would alleviate the labor shortage and harness the expertise of veteran workers.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Jul 4, 2017
Younger Japanese urbanites increasingly being drawn to quiet rural life
In a move more commonly associated with seniors seeking a quiet place to retire, an increasing number of young couples are showing interest in relocating to the countryside from Tokyo and other urban centers, drawn by cheap land and hopes of a better environment for their children.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 27, 2017
Japan's regional universities innovate to survive amid depopulation, Tokyo draw
One day in mid-May, Benjamin Peters, vice president of a university in Miyazaki Prefecture, asked some students in English to explain the differences in thought between Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Thomas Hobbes.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jun 21, 2017
As Japan Inc. inefficiency reigns, some see going paperless as a clear fix
Looking for a job in Japan? You might want to start off by writing a resume by hand and using your hanko (personal seal) to prove its authenticity. If you actually get hired, you may need to get used to faxing documents to clients.
EDITORIALS
Jun 17, 2017
The case of a small Kochi village
Owing to depopulation, small towns across Japan need to find new ways to maintain representative government.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 12, 2017
Shrinking Kochi village explores direct democracy
A mountain village in Kochi Prefecture is offering a glimpse into the future of local governance amid Japan's rapidly graying population.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Jun 5, 2017
Matchmaking events aim to pair rural men with city women willing to move
As demographic changes make it increasingly hard for rural men to find partners, authorities in Niigata Prefecture have begun holding matchmaking events in which women from far afield are invited to meet a potential mate in one of Japan's major agricultural regions.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
May 30, 2017
Robots may help defuse demographic time bomb in Japan and Germany
Japan and Germany may be sitting on a ticking demographic time bomb where aging populations begin to drag down economic growth. Good thing they're also prime candidates for robot revolutions.
EDITORIALS
May 27, 2017
Limiting universities in Tokyo
The government needs better ideas than limiting universities' expansion options if it wants to halt the population flow into the Tokyo area.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
May 19, 2017
Large regional disparities in marriage rates point to range of local factors
A recent government report showing a record percentage of people in Japan remain unmarried at age 50 has also revealed major regional disparities, indicating local factors are influencing marriage rates.
EDITORIALS
May 6, 2017
The labor drag on the economy
The labor shortage brought on by the shrinking and graying population is starting to have a profound impact on companies.
Japan Times
JAPAN / KANSAI PERSPECTIVE
Apr 23, 2017
Kansai leaders grope for ways to keep regional population stable amid projected slide
A projection showing that Japan's population could fall from 127.09 million in 2015 to 88.08 million by 2065 has pushed Kansai leaders harder for more policies and funding to increase the local birthrate, keep younger people from leaving and protect the growing ranks of the elderly.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 17, 2017
Japan's shrinking student ranks force cram schools to rethink strategies
In the 1980s and 1990s, when the country's university entrance exam industry was at its peak, cram school veteran teacher Toshiyuki Sakai would regularly stand in front of a classroom overflowing with students.
EDITORIALS
Apr 15, 2017
Bleak population prospects
The government needs to focus better on upcoming demographics-related problems.
JAPAN / Society
Apr 15, 2017
Japan's population slips for sixth consecutive year but foreign residents slowing the fall
Japan's population shrank to 126.93 million last year, but the record drop in Japanese was cushioned by a record surge in foreign residents, the government says.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Apr 10, 2017
Japan's population projected to plunge to 88 million by 2065
The population of Japan is expected to plunge to 88.08 million in 2065, a roughly 30 percent fall from the 2015 level, according to a government-affiliated research institute.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Apr 7, 2017
Drawing on Seattle startup revolution, Fukuoka angling to be entrepreneur hub
From the fifth-floor office of his internet startup, Kazz Watabe can see the sea bass jump in the bay as he works on his fishing website to the sound of jazz and the waves washing on the beach below.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 30, 2017
Old age, depopulation decimating A-bomb-spared Kitakyushu
Few places evoke the rise and fall of Japan's industrial might than the head office of the Imperial Steel Works in Kitakyushu. The red brick Meiji Era building was the heart of the nation's first big steelworks. Now it's a UNESCO World Heritage site.
EDITORIALS
Mar 26, 2017
Mixed recovery in land prices
The latest data on land prices testify to the slow progress in the government's efforts to reverse the population exodus from rural to urban areas and achieve more balanced economic growth nationally.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 15, 2017
Millennial movers revive Japanese mountain towns amid depopulation
High-speed broadband. An award-winning brewpub built with recycled materials as part of a "zero waste" mission. An artist-in-residence program. Organic pizza from a wood-fired oven.

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