Tag - population



Nov 22, 2013
Ending China's one-child policy: too little, too late?
China's population is going to drop even with the relaxation of its one-child policy.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Sep 18, 2013
Vacant homes highlight hole in 'Abenomics'
Pieces of broken wood dangle and sway like autumn leaves from the window frames of vacant homes in the Inariyato district in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, where taped-over mailbox slots tell a story of abandonment.
Aug 29, 2013
Foreigners make up 1.5% of populace
There were 1.98 million foreign residents in Japan as of March 31, accounting for 1.54 percent of the population, with 84.28 percent of them between the ages of 15 and 64, according to the latest government figures.
Aug 28, 2013
Population suffers biggest annual drop yet
The national population totaled 126,393,679 as of the end of March, down 0.21 percent from a year earlier for the fourth consecutive annual decline, government data showed Wednesday.
Jul 28, 2013
In India, a rise in surrogate births for West
When 24-year-old Komal Kapoor handed over the twins she had just borne to a visiting American couple last month, she said she felt "something like sadness."
JAPAN / Society
Jul 10, 2013
Empowerment key in lifting birthrate: U.N.
Japan needs to empower females in the workplace and promote male participation in child-rearing in order to address its falling birthrate, the head of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) said.
Japan Times
Jul 5, 2013
'Wind farms are not the answer to our problems'
Why do you think scientists and politicians have been slow and reluctant to confront population growth? It might be useful to first distinguish between growth and behavior. The problem is less the current number of us in itself (yet) but more the way the majority of the 7 billion of us live and consume. This is principally the cause of almost every global problem we face. Critically, every one of these problems is set to accelerate as we continue to grow. "Confronting," as you put it, the way we live and consume is not something that politicians want to do.
Japan Times
WORLD / Society / FOCUS
Jul 3, 2013
Portugal's baby bust feeding vicious cycle
For an enterprise in the business of welcoming life, the birthing ward inside Portugal's largest maternity hospital is eerily quiet. On a recent morning, not a single expectant father nervously paced the orange laminated floors. Unhurried nurses shuffled by rows of darkened rooms with empty beds, busying themselves with paperwork and a mere three women in labor.
Jul 2, 2013
Services for depopulated areas
As the population in Japan's countryside rapidly declines, an advisory body to the prime minister proposes intercity cooperation to maintain public services.
Jul 1, 2013
Preposterous population forecasts for Africa
It's hard enough to see how the world can sustain another 4 billion people by 2100. The alarming figure is that three-quarters of that growth will be in Africa.
Jun 15, 2013
Japan to lose top life expectancy spot to H.K. by '45: U.N.
Japan, which has held the top spot for the world's longest living citizens, is expected to be surpassed by Hong Kong in 2045, according to projections in a U.N. population report released on Thursday.
Jun 6, 2013
Japan's fertility rate logs 16-year high, hitting 1.41
Japan's total fertility rate in 2012 hit a 16-year high of 1.41, while the number of births fell to a new low of 1,037,101.
Apr 23, 2013
Renter guarantor system a headache for foreigners
Things were going well for Patrick after a year in Japan. He had found a job he liked, met a girl he planned to marry and was ready to move out of the small room his older brother, a longtime resident, was letting him use.
JAPAN / Society
Apr 17, 2013
Japan's population falls by record level
Japan's population fell by a record 0.22 percent to 127.515 million as of last Oct. 1, while people aged 65 or older surpassed the 30 million mark for the first time.
Apr 17, 2013
Japan's depopulation time bomb
The government must take steps to ameliorate the impact of Japan's shrinking population, which is forecast to decrease by 20 million by 2040.
Japan Times
Mar 12, 2013
Do dire predictions for Japan factor in a rush for the exits?
Within two hours of the massive earthquake that jolted Japan at 2:46 p.m. on March 11, 2011, the Japanese government received notice that an “Article 15 event” had occurred at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Feb 27, 2013
Seniors forced to go it alone as ranks swell, housing eludes
Itoko Uchida, 82, was counting on the nephew she raised to support her in old age. He refused, forcing her to pay for a sponsor to join the 420,000-long line of Japanese waiting for a nursing home bed.
Feb 25, 2013
Reining in the welfare costs
British welfare reform advocates want to replace the current array of benefits with a single system of tax credits. This won't happen soon, however.
Jan 19, 2013
Revitalizing rural Japan
A population decrease is the biggest crisis Japan is facing because it will threaten not only the existence of many local communities in Japan but also the existence of the nation as we now know it.
Japan Times
May 8, 2012
Diaper manufacturers get them coming and going
Adult diapers now outsell baby diapers in Japan


Later this month, author Shogo Imamura will open Honmaru, a bookstore that allows other businesses to rent its shelves. It's part of a wave of ideas Japanese booksellers are trying to compete with online spaces.
The story isn't over for Japan's bookstores