Tag - population



Jun 21, 2015
Fertility rate dips again
Improving the employment situation for young people and working mothers is key to raising the nation's birthrate.
Jun 15, 2015
Migration of elderly residents
Should the government promote the migration of the greater Tokyo area's elderly residents to rural parts of the country to avert a crisis in welfare services for senior citizens?
Japan Times
Jun 10, 2015
Surviving flamboyantly in a super-aged society
The older you get, the more you need to live in the city. Simone de Beauvoir once said that to her biographer, and it's probably true. As an iconic presence on the streets of Paris until her death in 1986, de Beauvoir showed that city living was one of the secrets to aging well and living life to the...
Japan Times
May 18, 2015
China tells its road-rage motorists to cool it
The horrific incident shocked the nation when it went viral in China earlier this month: a woman dragged from her car, thrown to the ground and kicked repeatedly in the face and head in a case of road rage in Sichuan.
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 / Society
May 13, 2015
Japan Cabinet minister wary of opening 'Pandora's box' of immigration
The country should fix its shrinking workforce by enabling women to work, before turning to the “Pandora's box” of immigration, the minister for the empowerment of women said.
Japan Times
May 5, 2015
Slum in shadows of Seoul's glitzy Gangnam district will likely soon be demolished
Close by the luxury high-rises of Seoul's most expensive neighborhood, 80-year-old Kim Ok-nyo burns charcoal to heat her two-room shack in Guryong, a shantytown of 2,000 residents.
Japan Times
Apr 29, 2015
Is there life after death for Japan's aging women?
When Katsumi Sakaguchi quit working as a documentary filmmaker in the spring 2008 to look after his mother Suchie, he thought he was doing the right thing. Then 78, Suchie was suffering from what Sakaguchi describes as "mental confusion" following the death of her daughter from cancer two years earlier...
Apr 17, 2015
Seniors grow to 26% of population as Japan shrinks for fourth year straight
Japan's population falls for the fourth consecutive year and people 65 or older now account for a record 26 percent of the total.
BUSINESS / Economy
Apr 15, 2015
OECD urges Japan to implement bold structural reforms
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development urged Japan on Wednesday to implement bold structural reforms to boost economic growth and map out a "credible" plan to restore its precarious fiscal health.
Apr 7, 2015
Battling the low birthrate
Government efforts to increase the nation's birthrate must be sustained over the long-term to be successful.
Mar 19, 2015
Aging population, reform taking a toll on LDP
Members of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party express alarm that the party's local chapters are showing signs of collapse because of Japan's aging population and the government's proposed agricultural reforms.
Mar 4, 2015
Countermeasures for Japan's changing demographics
The government can no longer afford to postpone efforts to effectively address Japan's population problem.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Feb 24, 2015
Tokyo's elderly turned away amid labor crunch, funding cuts
Tokyo's elderly population is ballooning, waiting lists for nursing homes run a mile long, and there's a fierce scramble for free beds. So why are these businesses catering to the city's aging denizens scaling back?
Feb 14, 2015
Deprived lives of child brides
The U.N. Population Fund estimates that 14.2 million girls under 18 are married every year, some as young as 8. Ending child marriage is one ways women around the world will achieve greater equality.
Feb 13, 2015
Tottori boasts low cost of living, other merits to persuade young ranks to stay
Tottori, the nation's least-populated prefecture, is trying to stop young people from leaving by visiting local high schools and showing data that boast the region's low cost of living and other merits.
Feb 5, 2015
Better life for dementia sufferers
The government, which recently adopted a new strategy for measures against dementia, needs to follow through on the idea of ensuring a better quality of life for patients by heeding the wishes of sufferers and their families.
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
Jan 31, 2015
Goverment's pension manga displays some pretty old values
On Jan. 12, people who will turn 20 this year attended ceremonies marking Coming-of-Age Day at auditoriums run by local governments. Some wore outrageous getups as final statements of youthful folly before "entering society" and some exercised their entitlement by getting drunk and acting out, but most...
JAPAN / Science & Health
Jan 27, 2015
New dementia strategy to cope with projected rise in cases
The government on Tuesday adopted a new strategy to bolster measures against dementia, expecting the number of patients to reach about 7 million in 2025 as the population ages.


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