Tag - population



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....
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...
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


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