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DEPOPULATION

Kohei Saito, a philosophy professor at the University of Tokyo who appears regularly in Japanese media to discuss his ideas, at home in Tokyo on March 16.
JAPAN / Society
Sep 7, 2023
Can shrinking be good for Japan? A Marxist bestseller makes the case.
Saito has tapped into what he describes as a growing disillusionment in Japan with capitalism’s ability to solve the problems people see around them.
Nihon Coffin showcases its products at Endex Japan 2023, an annual funeral and cemetery exhibition that was held at Tokyo Big Sight from Aug. 29 to 31.
BUSINESS
Sep 4, 2023
End-of-life companies look to innovate as Japan's deaths keep rising
A record 1.57 million people died in 2022, up from 1.25 million in 2012, and facilities to store dead bodies are becoming increasingly scarce.
Japan railways are rapidly approaching a future of unmanned stations from one side of the country to the other.
LIFE / Travel
Sep 3, 2023
Trouble sometimes pulls into Japan’s unmanned train stations
Nearly 60% of the 4,368 stations operated by the six Japan Railways Group passenger companies now run without staff.
The trend of people getting married later could be causing a vicious cycle of fewer children begetting fewer children, says Takuya Hoshino, senior economist at Dai-ichi Life Research Institute.
JAPAN / Society
Aug 30, 2023
Third of Japan's 18-year-old women may never have children: study
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has promised to tackle the country's population crisis with "unprecedented" measures.
As China slips into deflation, one word is popping up more and more to describe the gloomy atmospherics: "Japanification."
COMMENTARY / Japan
Aug 30, 2023
'Japanification' for China? It should be so lucky.
China is not on the path to global dominance nor set for collapse, and observers should consider the various shades of gray in analyzing these countries.
Women hold portable fans in front of a baby amid summer heat in Tokyo's Ginza area in August 2020.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Aug 30, 2023
Aging Japan's births fall 3.6% to 370,000 in January to June
The number of births in the six-month period suggests that the annual total in the country this year is likely to stay around the record low in 2022.
The color of a red torii gate in Bushidaira, Saitama Prefecture, still stands out against a vibrant green backdrop.
JAPAN / Society / Longform
Aug 18, 2023
Exploring the eerie beauty of Japan's abandoned villages
Depopulation and an aging society have turned parts of the countryside into tourist attractions for those eager to explore a forgotten era.
Chef and restaurant owner Rikuo Morimoto, who runs the restaurant Andante in Tokyo, on May 1. A 2019 government report estimated that about 1.27 million small business owners would be 70 or older by 2025 and have no successors.
BUSINESS / Economy
Aug 6, 2023
'Era of mass closures': The Japanese firms with no successors
A 2019 government report estimated that about 1.27 million small business owners would be 70 or older by 2025 and have no successors.
The population of Japanese nationals fell 801,000 in 2022 from a year earlier to 122,423,038, marking the largest drop since the survey began in 1968, government data showed Wednesday.
JAPAN / Society
Jul 26, 2023
Number of Japanese drops in all 47 prefectures for first time as foreign population surges
As of Jan. 1, Japan's population, including foreign residents, stood at 125,416,877, down around 511,000 from a year earlier.
The population of Japanese nationals fell 801,000 in 2022 from a year earlier to 122,423,038, marking the largest drop since the survey began in 1968, government data showed Wednesday.
JAPAN / Society
Jul 26, 2023
Japanese population falls in all 47 prefectures for first time
As of Jan. 1, 2023, Japan's population, including foreign residents, stood at 125,416,877, down around 511,000 from a year earlier.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 15, 2023
Japan university admissions seen falling by 130,000 by 2040s
The yearly number of university admissions in the 2040-2050 period was estimated to fall to around 500,000, down from about 630,000 last year, and education ministry estimate has found.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Jul 10, 2023
Japan's fertility rate is likely even lower than it seems
The official statistic doesn't include foreign mothers, meaning children born to them and Japanese men are treated as if they were born to Japanese women.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jul 10, 2023
However war ends, Ukraine's diminished population will hit economy for years
Studies by the United Nations refugee agency show the vast majority of displaced Ukrainians want to return one day, but only around 1 in 10 plan to do so soon.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Longform
Jul 10, 2023
In Japan, plenty of inheritances, but no one to claim them
With deaths outpacing births by 2-to-1, dealing with the assets of the deceased is both a growing business and an administrative nightmare.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Society
Jul 6, 2023
South Korean doctors flee pediatrics as low birth rate makes funding unviable
Fewer children combined with a failure of the insurance system to adapt to the situation has left the sector starved of resources, with specialists shunning a field they think has no future.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Jul 4, 2023
Number of Japan households with kids falls below 10 million for first time
The numbers provide a fresh reminder of the country's rapidly declining birthrate.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society / Longform
Jun 26, 2023
Inside Japan’s oldest village
With a median age of 68.4, Nanmoku is at the forefront of the nation’s battle against the gray wave.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 25, 2023
Abandoned houses providing a new source of valuable timber in Japan
In some areas, forlorn grand old houses remain as vestiges of the prosperous shipping and mining industries along the Sea of Japan route built during the Edo Period and Meiji Era.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 25, 2023
Japan's population of superrich to shrink in next five years, report says
As the overall population declines, Japan is the only G7 nation that's projected to see its number of ultrawealthy individuals fall.
Japan Times
EDITORIALS
Jun 16, 2023
Budgets are the real test of Kishida’s leadership
For the government to balance the budget while increasing spending on defense, child care and the elderly will require hard choices.

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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