Tag - depopulation



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.
JAPAN / Society
Dec 12, 2014
Numerical plan drafted for slowing Tokyo's population growth
The government in 2020 is expected to set a goal of reducing the number of new residents in Tokyo by 70,000 per year from the 2013 level to ease overpopulation in the capital, a draft of the policy showed Friday.
Nov 26, 2014
Revitalizing local economies
Can the Abe administrative accomplish what past governments have tried and failed to do, and revitalize Japan's regional economies?
Nov 4, 2014
A chain reaction of empowerment
More than anything, the world needs people who will take active steps to transform their own local community when it comes to dealing with any of the bewildering array of threats confronting humanity today.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Nov 3, 2014
Toyama restyles day care industry with all-in-one solution
Sitting around a table, a dozen elderly women watch affectionately as small children play next to them. When one opens her book, a little boy runs up and asks, "What are you reading?"
Japan Times
Oct 21, 2014
Female hunter-trapper offers Tottori lodgers wild-meat cuisine
An enthusiastic female hunter-trapper in Tottori Prefecture has a tempting offer for people staying at her guesthouse: wild-animal cuisine.
Japan Times
Oct 6, 2014
Golf turns to kids, other sports to lure younger players
Japan's golf industry, which is still largely dependent on seniors and corporate outings, is changing in the face of the aging population and stiffer competition from other leisure activities.
Japan Times
Sep 21, 2014
The town that's battling the demographic tide
On Oki Islands off Shimane Prefecture, a bold wave of reform seems to be having a positive effect.
Japan Times
Aug 27, 2014
On this island, depopulation isn't the problem — inertia is
There is one thing most people don't realize about this island paradise amid the Seto Inland Sea: that despite many people wanting to move here, none of them can.
Japan Times
Jun 28, 2014
A life of lettuce has its benefits
Lettuce. Let us raise a glass to lettuce.
Japan Times
May 18, 2014
Success of 'Abenomics' hinges on immigration policy
Foreign investment funds generally shun countries with shrinking populations, and this means “Abenomics” can't succeed unless Japan opens its door to more foreigners, an immigration expert warns.
Japan Times
May 13, 2014
Population panel draws line in sand
To prevent a crisis, Japan should try to keep its population at 100 million for the next 50 years by devoting more resources to child-rearing, a panel says.
Japan Times
Apr 24, 2014
Skin divers turn to tourism to stem the tide
At the Sea People restaurant in Shima, a coastal hamlet in Mie Prefecture, sea diver Machiyo Yamashita wants a piece of a tourism industry dominated by the cities that sapped her town's vitality by luring away its youth.


Father's Day is said to have come to Japan around 1950, shortly after the establishment of Mother's Day.
The evolving nature of fatherhood in Japan