Tag - population



Jun 1, 2014
State mulls child-rearing support to keep population at 100 million
The government plans to support efforts to make child-rearing easier in a bid to keep Japan's population from falling below 100 million five decades from now, according to the blueprint for the plan.
Japan Times
May 24, 2014
Will Japan be a country that welcomes all?
"A nation of immigrants." Japan? The leading proponent of that vision has been Hidenori Sakanaka, former head of the Tokyo Immigration Bureau, current executive director of the private think tank he founded in 2007, the Japan Immigration Policy Institute.
May 21, 2014
Caring for dementia sufferers
Steps must be taken to minimize hazards for the nation's growing number of elderly people with dementia and to ease the burden on their families.
Japan Times
May 17, 2014
Fix population problem by helping families
For the past 18 months, media outlets in Japan and abroad have looked approvingly upon Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's efforts to improve the country's economic future through proactive measures dubbed "Abenomics." The goal is to spur inflation so that companies can make more money and increase pay, thus raising consumption, tax revenues, etc. However, the plan's long-term success relies on one factor that is not at all assured: a stable population.
Japan Times
May 16, 2014
Population fixes have anti-foreign bias, official says
The government is in denial over Japan's looming demographic disaster and adopting unrealistic solutions to keep immigrants at arm's length, a former senior immigration official reveals.
Japan Times
May 13, 2014
Population panel draws line in sand
To prevent a crisis, Japan should try to keep its population at 100 million for the next 50 years by devoting more resources to child-rearing, a panel says.
Japan Times
May 9, 2014
Areas outside big cities to face drops in young women: study
A decline in young women in provincial areas over the next 30 years may trigger major population shrinkage in towns and cities across Japan, a study warns.
May 8, 2014
Towns, small cities likely to lose half their women by 2040: think tank
Nearly half of Japan's municipalities are likely to see their populations young women shrink by more than half by 2040 compared with 2010 if the flight to major cities continues apace, a study by the Japan Policy Council said Thursday.
May 1, 2014
Wild animal population control
Deer and wild boar are having such a serious impact on Japan's agriculture and ecosystems that the government is proposing to control their rapidly expanding populations by hunting and other means.
Apr 19, 2014
Isolation factor rising in Japan
Japan, once a family-based, group-oriented society, is becoming a place where people live alone.
Japan Times
Apr 12, 2014
Myanmar's first census in 30 years extended amid controversy
A group of women dressed in green sarong-like longyis and simple white blouses stand around a table piled with census forms, entering neat notations on spreadsheets by hand.
JAPAN / Politics
Mar 14, 2014
Japan may boost immigrant numbers
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga refuses to deny a media report that the Abe administration is considering increasing the number of immigrants to boost Japan's potential for long-term economic growth.
Feb 11, 2014
Welfare state taking over the U.S. government
The budget story that is largely missed by American political leaders and the public is that the welfare state is strangling government's ability to respond to other national problems, because the constituencies for welfare benefits are more powerful than their competitors for federal support.
Feb 11, 2014
Me time: Services for solo customers flourishing
Table for one? Then how about trying out karaoke for one? Or even golf or soccer? In the face of the declining population coupled with an increasing number of people who remain single, companies are beginning to target a new clientele — the solo customer.
Jan 30, 2014
Population concentration growing in Tokyo region: report
The number of people who moved into the Tokyo metropolitan region exceeded the number moving out by 96,524 in 2013, up more than 29,000 from the previous year, a government report shows.
Japan Times
Dec 29, 2013
Syrian civil war tests borders drawn less than a century ago in Mideast
That half of his farm lies in Syria and half in Lebanon is a source of mystery and inconvenience for Mohammed al-Jamal, whose family owned the property long before Europeans turned up and drew the lines that created the borders of the modern Middle East.
Japan Times
Dec 18, 2013
Tokyo: If you could be prime minister for a day, what would you do?
Top concerns for would-be PMs around the metropolis: Fukushima, demographics, women in the workplace, the consumption tax, education, energy, English — and beer.
Japan Times
Nov 30, 2013
Delving into the dark side of longer life
Longevity is like prosperity — it seems an unalloyed good but on closer examination turns out not to be. Longevity spawns dementia, infirmity, loneliness and a demographic imbalance favoring the very old at the expense of the young.
Nov 24, 2013
The immigration question
Despite Japan's low birthrate and rapidly graying population, only one in seven Japanese support the idea of increased immigration.
Japan Times
Nov 24, 2013
Chinese families still at officials' mercy despite one child policy easing
When 36-year-old Lois heard the news that China was relaxing its one child policy, she was delighted and relieved.


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