Tag - population



Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Sep 22, 2016
Japan's shrinking population not burden but incentive: Abe
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Japan's aging, shrinking population was not a burden, but an incentive to boost productivity through innovations like robots, wireless sensors and artificial intelligence.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Sep 17, 2016
Silver gifts to centenarians get cheaper as ranks rise
One perk of getting old in Japan is a gift of a silver cup from the prime minister in the year you celebrate your 100th birthday. But from this year, new centenarians will be sipping sake from cheaper vessels.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Sep 16, 2016
In sexless Japan, almost half of single young men and women are virgins: survey
In a survey of young people, around 42 percent of the men and 44.2 percent of the women who responded said they'd never had sex.
ASIA PACIFIC / Science & Health
Sep 14, 2016
Indonesia to resume work on 'Giant Sea Wall' to save sinking Jakarta
Indonesia will resume land reclamation that will help prevent Jakarta from sinking below sea level, a cabinet minister said, five months after work was suspended due to regulatory and environmental concerns.
Japan Times
Sep 13, 2016
Aging Japan now has 65,692 centenarians
The number of centenarians has risen by 4,124 from a year ago to 65,692 as of September.
Japan Times
Aug 28, 2016
A ski resort success, Niseko defies rural Japan's demographic decline
Japan's shrinking population has weighed on the world's third-biggest economy, alarmed government forecasters and turned some rural communities into veritable ghost towns.
Aug 1, 2016
Brexit vote demonstrated the power of the old
Seniors have a unique set of interests and understanding of economic trade-offs — all of which policymakers ignore at their peril.
Japan Times
Jul 21, 2016
Do-it-yourself pensions take hold in Japan as state payouts expected to dry up
When Saori Ito went on maternity leave last year and stopped getting a regular paycheck from her cosmetics company, she became worried about her future — and wondered if this kind of anxiety is what awaits her after retirement.
Japan Times
Jul 15, 2016
60 seen as too young to retire in aging, worker-short Japan
Hiroshi Suzuki had a fulfilling career in which he traveled the world as an engineer. Then, at age 65, he retired. That didn't last long. For the past seven years Suzuki, 72, has been a nursing aide in the Tokyo area, and says he's years away from true retirement.
Japan Times
Jul 13, 2016
Japan's population drops at fastest pace on record
The population excluding resident foreign nationals falls at the fastest pace yet from a year earlier to 125,891,742 as of Jan. 1.
Japan Times
Jul 6, 2016
As Japan's population slides, one mayor wrestles with overcrowding
As Japan's population shrinks and ages, some rural communities are in danger of extinction. Yet in Tokyo, one mayor has the opposite problem.
Japan Times
Jun 29, 2016
Japan census report shows surge in elderly population, many living alone
The number of elderly people is on the uptick, even as the size of the average family shrinks, government numbers indicate.
Japan Times
Jun 25, 2016
A confused, senile future awaits Japan
Confucius said: "When your parents are alive, serve them according to ritual. When they die, bury them according to ritual, make sacrifices to them according to ritual."
Japan Times
Jun 11, 2016
No guarantees: the struggle of being old and alone in Japan
Foreign media have been diligently covering Japan's rocky economic road to an uncertain future, but they seem to have missed the recent bankruptcy of Nihon Life Kyokai, a company that provides guarantor services. Though it's only one failure, the Japanese press has paid particularly close attention,...
May 29, 2016
Japan won't go quietly into the night as population falls
For a nation that rebuilt itself from the ashes of war, the modern challenge of repopulation should surely not prove impossible.
May 29, 2016
Birthrates in Japan and U.S. cause for concern
Since public schools in Japan are funded on a per-pupil basis, the continuous decline in the birthrate means they will be hard pressed to maintain their level of services.
JAPAN / Society
May 4, 2016
Number of children in Japan declines for 35th straight year to hit record low
Manifesting a seemingly unstoppable decline in births, the number of children aged 14 or under fell for the 35th straight year to a record-low 16.05 million as of April 1, government estimates showed Wednesday.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Apr 13, 2016
Physician-turned-politician works to bring doctors to rural Japan
Tomonori Kiyoyama, 34, was once a promising, elite physician. A graduate of the prestigious University of Tokyo's medical school, he also studied in the United States. But he turned to politics five years ago and is now using that platform to try to attract more doctors to his hometown in Miyazaki.
Mar 31, 2016
Half-hearted decentralization effort
The poor results of the Abe administration's attempt to move national government functions out of Tokyo cast doubts as to how serious the administration is about pursuing its much-hyped policy of revitalizing regional economies by creating more jobs outside the capital.
Japan Times
Mar 27, 2016
Life good, clean, prosperous in Japan's backup capital of Osaka in 2060
Imagine, if you will, Japan in 2060.


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