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DEPOPULATION

Japan Times
JAPAN / FOCUS
Mar 2, 2023
Redrawn electoral map raises concerns in Japan's rural areas
To rectify vote-value disparities, 10 seats will be transferred from the least populous rural areas to the most densely populated urban areas.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 26, 2023
Rural post offices begin hosting unmanned shops to help older residents
Some 3,000 of the roughly 24,000 post offices nationwide have embraced the service, stocking vegetables, daily necessities and other items.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 25, 2023
In graying Japan, local governments look to enact bold child-rearing support measures
While the local government moves might appear to be an encouraging step toward improvement, they are also giving rise to concerns about regional gaps in support measures.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Feb 22, 2023
Can money turn the tide on global fertility rates?
Japan, the poster child for aging societies, promises radical spending to boost its birthrate. That’s unlikely to fix the issue.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Longform
Jan 30, 2023
Reining in Japan’s unstoppable urban sprawl
The world’s most rapidly aging nation wants its shrinking population to concentrate in regional urban centers. However, things aren't going as planned.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 24, 2023
Japan planning to establish zones to give vacant homes new life
The number of vacant houses in Japan has grown 1.5 times over the past 20 years, with the figure only expected to rise.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Society
Jan 19, 2023
A shrinking, aging China may have backed itself into a corner
Mounting population pressures may reveal a government that has not done enough to avoid tough choices in coming decades.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Society
Jan 19, 2023
Make it easier to raise children, say many Chinese after population falls
China's statistics bureau just released a report that showed the population fell for the first time since 1961 amid a lack of desire by young adults to start families.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 19, 2023
Japan's government starts talks on 'unprecedented' steps to reverse birthrate decline
Kishida is expected to announce his resolve to roll out significant child care measures next week in a speech to be delivered at the beginning of a new parliamentary session.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Jan 9, 2023
Don’t pay people to leave Tokyo. Make more Tokyos.
Trying to arrest rural depopulation, Japan wants people to quit Tokyo, its greatest metropolis. How about creating new ones instead?
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jan 6, 2023
Japan’s business owners can’t find successors. This man gave his away.
Nearly 60% of the country's businesses report that they have no plan for their future ownership.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Jan 4, 2023
Automated delivery robots to begin full-fledged service in Japan in April
Trials for deliveries of food and daily necessities by robots have been conducted in residential and business districts.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society / New Year Special 2023
Jan 3, 2023
Tracing the history of Mio, a rural Wakayama community with deep ties to Canada
Efforts to preserve Mio's cultural heritage, including memories of the longstanding connections with Canada, have gained momentum in recent years.
Japan Times
JAPAN / ANALYSIS
Jan 2, 2023
Recruitment issues undermining Japan’s military buildup
The SDF faces an uphill battle as it struggles with a falling birthrate and increased competition with the private sector over a shrinking pool of applicants.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 29, 2022
The little trains that could: Japan's rural railways keep chugging on
With savvy marketing, Choshi Electric Railway somehow gets back on track.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Dec 20, 2022
Japan's births set to fall below 800,000 in 2022, hitting a new all-time low
Unless trends change this year, the annual total of newborns in the world's third-largest economy is on track to hit around 770,000, compared to last year's 811,604.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Dec 20, 2022
Japan approves use of highly autonomous 'level-4' self-driving vehicles from April '23
Limited adoption of the automated vehicles intended to lead to the technology's use in unmanned bus services in regions with falling populations and in self-driving delivery robots.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society / Longform
Dec 19, 2022
Downsizing death: Japan's funeral industry at a crossroads
The death care business is rethinking the services it offers in response to soaring bookings and sagging revenue in a rapidly aging nation
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 5, 2022
Japan approves urban drone flights outside visible range
To ensure safe flight, the government will require operators to obtain a license issued under a newly launched system and have their drones inspected and approved.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Smart Countryside
Dec 1, 2022
Is it a bus or a taxi? For some small Japanese towns, the answer is both
Hybrid mobility services are helping cater to Japan's older citizens, many of whom live in areas where traditional forms of public transport are lacking.

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