Tag - population



Jan 21, 2015
Government earmarks funds to deal with caregiver shortage
A crisis in nursing care is brewing. The government estimates that the nation will be short of 300,000 professional caregivers by 2025, when postwar baby boomers will be 75 or older and many will need regular care.
Jan 14, 2015
Risky nursing care cutbacks
The government should carefully monitor the nursing care industry to ensure that budgetary cutbacks do not reduce quality of their services.
Japan Times
Jan 10, 2015
Half of new adults strangers to romance: survey
Nearly half of Japan's 20-year-olds have never been in a romantic relationship and 1 in 5 has never fallen in love, a survey by a marriage counseling firm says.
Japan Times
Jan 5, 2015
Numbers tell tale of Japan's postwar rise and fall
Three charts sum up Japan's fortunes over the past seven decades.
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 / Society
Dec 26, 2014
Government aims to create regional jobs in five-year plan to fight depopulation
As part of its comprehensive strategy to combat population decline and revitalize Japan's regions, the government will aim to create 300,000 regional jobs by 2020 to stem the flow of young workers to Tokyo, according to a final five-year policy plan obtained by Kyodo News on Thursday.
Japan Times
Dec 25, 2014
Single, sad? Solo weddings pamper both wives and unmarried ladies
Kyoto resident Tomoe Sawano was feeling low. The 39-year-old was at a turning point in her career as an entrepreneur and felt the need to do something special.
WORLD / Science & Health
Dec 18, 2014
Global population living six years longer than in 1990: study
Global life expectancy has risen by more than six years since 1990 thanks to falling death rates from cancer and heart disease in rich countries and better survival in poor countries from diarrhoea, tuberculosis and malaria.
Dec 8, 2014
Post-'Abenomics' reforms
Japan needs to address six major challenges in the post-Abenomics era with an eye toward structural reforms aimed at reviving Japan's influence on the global scene.
Nov 23, 2014
Foreign workers in demand amid tourism surge
Demand for foreign workers has been strong in Japan over the past few years as the number of foreign tourists rises and an increasing number of domestic companies aim to expand their business abroad.
Nov 18, 2014
Shortage of nursing care workers
With the nation's population rapidly graying, the government must take steps to boost the number of nursing care workers.
Japan Times
Nov 16, 2014
Abe bill would steal from temps to engorge industrialists
Akemi Hirose, 39, recalls when her contract as a temporary worker at a medical organization in Kanagawa Prefecture was suddenly terminated three years and three months after she started.
Japan Times
Nov 15, 2014
Shrinking well: Is depopulation affecting Japan's energy, climate goals?
Keishi looks a lot like it did when Toshiko Nakamura first moved there four decades ago. The quiet farming community in Nagano Prefecture is a patchwork of verdant rice fields, lush kitchen gardens and picturesque post-and-beam houses nestled between pine and chestnut trees on the slopes of Mount Hijiri....
BUSINESS / Economy
Nov 14, 2014
Japan population panel says aim for GDP growth of 2% at most, even after 50 years
A panel tasked with tackling the country's declining population on Friday compiled its final report that sets a goal of maintaining gross domestic product growth of around 1.5 percent to 2.0 percent even after 50 years.
Oct 11, 2014
Wildlife totals heading down
Global warming, invasive species, pollution and new diseases — all human-generated problems — have contributed to an average 52 percent decline in the populations of more than 3,000 species of wildlife in 40 years.
Oct 11, 2014
Who's benefited over 200 years?
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development reports how the world's population is better off than it was 200 years ago but adds that human progress is still undermined by disparities.
Japan Times
WORLD / Society / FOCUS
Oct 7, 2014
China parents put all eggs in one basket due to family planning rules
Communist Party leaders have praised their one-child policy for preventing the population from spiraling out of control, but critics say it has spawned decades of forced abortions, infanticide and child trafficking.
Sep 29, 2014
The population downtrend
Japan's demographic woes continue as January-June figures indicate that the number of deaths will likely outnumber births at a pace faster than in the previous year.
Sep 28, 2014
Nursing care worker shortage
Japan's population is graying rapidly even as a large number of nursing care workers quit their jobs every year, leaving nursing care facilities in dire need of staffing.


Traditional folk rituals like Mizudome-no-mai (dance to stop the rain) provide a sense of agency to a population that feels largely powerless in the face of the climate crisis.
As climate extremes intensify, Japan embraces ancient weather rituals