Tag - depopulation



Aug 17, 2015
Robots launch operations in bank, hotel
Humanoid robots start work in a bank in Tokyo and a hotel in Kyushu amid concerns over a labor shortage in Japan's aging society.
Japan Times
Aug 2, 2015
Moriumius project brings young life and learning back to the Tohoku disaster zone
A unique educational project aims to revitalize the Miyagi town of Ogatsu, which lost around 80 percent of its buildings and 10 percent of its 4,300 population to the 3/11 disasters.
Japan Times
Jul 11, 2015
Japan should re-examine the idea of marriage to help spur a baby boom
After decades of a national conversation about the need for more babies, there is still disagreement as to what sort of measures Japan should take in order to increase its birthrate. The obstacles are financial, social and physiological, and before they can be addressed properly they must be identified as such.
Jul 8, 2015
No fresh ideas on regional drain
The government is coming up short in developing fresh ideas to halt the population exodus to the big metropolitan areas.
Jul 4, 2015
Japan's troubling lack of romance
The recent survey showing that a large minority of young Japanese aren't interested in romantic relationships has troubling implications for the already low birthrate.
Jun 25, 2015
A bellicose China only for the foreseeable future
Careful analysis of China's coming demographic changes — rapid graying unprecedented in human history — shows that Beijing's seemingly unstoppable rise is heading for a brick wall.
Jun 13, 2015
Rural revitalization can be green
Revitalizing rural areas, in addition to slowing the exodus of people to big cities, could also lead to improved environmental conservation.
Jun 5, 2015
Job numbers up, but not quality
Current employment statistics may look good, but they belie a drop in the quality and earning power of available jobs.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
May 27, 2015
Law to allow razing of abandoned dwellings seen not going far enough
Tuesday's enforcement of a law allowing municipal governments to order the demolition of hazardous vacant houses has sparked concern among local groups and activists who say the legislation is not enough to address the growing problem.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
May 16, 2015
Is Japan becoming extinct?
The projected drop in the country's population raises some fundamental questions about its political and social future.
Japan Times
May 10, 2015
Perfect storm of factors conspires to empty Japan
While 'empty-house syndrome' may seem like a problem mostly afflicting rural Japan, it is already an issue in metropolises such as Tokyo and Osaka, and will become more so in the years to come.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / LOCAL POLLS '15
Apr 24, 2015
Vanishing communities find themselves facing shortage of leaders
At a glance, the town of Kanna in southern Gunma Prefecture looks like just another beautiful rural community, surrounded by deep mountain forests stretching along the Kanna River, which is touted as having some of the clearest water in the Kanto region.
Mar 20, 2015
Cabinet seeks to raise percentage of men taking paternity leave to 80% by 2020
The government on Friday adopted a set of measures to fight the low birthrate through 2020, setting an extremely ambitious goal of boosting men who take paternity leave immediately after a child is born to 80 percent, which is the same rate as women who take maternity leave.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 28, 2015
Local Politics: Heading for extinction?
"All politics is local."— former U.S. House Speaker Thomas "Tip" O'Neill
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Feb 4, 2015
In shrinking villages, abandoned graves are a sign of generational flight
In the nation's declining provinces, it is not only the living who are neglected.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Jan 2, 2015
Crowdsourcing may hold key to unlocking Japan's working potential
As Japan tries to mobilize underemployed workers and revitalize business outside major city centers like Tokyo and Osaka, crowdsourcing — the allocation of tasks to remote workers online — may become a valuable tool.
Jan 1, 2015
Number of newborn babies in Japan fell to record low in 2014
Japan's population likely dropped further in 2014, with the estimated number of newborn babies in the country falling to 1,001,000, down about 29,000 from the previous year, according to health ministry estimates released on Wednesday.
Dec 31, 2014
Number of 20-year-olds in Japan rises for first time in 21 years
The number of people aged 20, the legal age of adulthood in Japan, was estimated to have reached 1.26 million on New Year's Day 2015, the first increase in 21 years, government statistics showed on Wednesday.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Dec 26, 2014
Rural support programs encouraging more people to leave cities
Public programs are encouraging more people to migrate from big cities to reverse the persistent population drain plaguing rural areas.
Dec 17, 2014
The skewed value of votes
Lawmakers must set aside their partisan interests and act fast to narrow the wide gap in the value of votes between rural and urban constituencies.


Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on