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An evacuee keeps himself warm around a heater at an evacuation center in Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, in January.
Feb 19, 2024
70% of areas at risk of tsunami have not run winter shelter drills
Estimates show that a tsunami following a Japan Trench quake could result in as many as 42,000 deaths from hypothermia.
Pedestrians in Seoul in January. A survey showed that the percentage of South Korean people who have a good impression of Japan hit a record high of 44% in 2023.
Feb 18, 2024
Record 44% of South Koreans have good impression of Japan, survey says
The figure rose 4.1 percentage points from the previous year, thanks to improvements in Japan-South Korean ties, the Japan Press Research Institute said.
The disapproval rate for Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's Cabinet has also exceeded 60% for the first time.
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 15, 2024
Support for Kishida Cabinet hits new low of 16.9% in Jiji poll
The approval rate is also the lowest for a Liberal Democratic Party-led administration since the party returned to power in December 2012.
A recent Kyodo News survey on paternity leave at Japanese firms highlights that women continue to play the dominant role in child-rearing, as they take longer leave times.
JAPAN / Society
Feb 11, 2024
87% of firms say paternity leave averages less than three months
On the duration of such leave taken, the largest group of 47% said the average length per child was "one month to less than three months."
Foreign tourists in the city of Tottori in November
JAPAN / Society
Feb 10, 2024
Most Japanese outside major urban areas say they do not engage with foreign nationals
Of the people who gave valid responses, 83.8% said they do not have regular exchanges with the foreign nationals who live alongside them.
The hippocampus is a part of the brain that controls memory, learning and emotions. Stressful life events such as disasters and terrorist attacks are known to lead to post-traumatic stress disorder and result in its shrinkage.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Feb 9, 2024
Tokyo teens were less stressed during first COVID emergency: study
Increases in the volume of the hippocampus in their brains suggest reduced stress, according to research conducted by the University of Tokyo.
A building in Manila where a group of Japanese individuals engaged in fraud
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 8, 2024
Cyber and phone fraud cases in Japan surge, marking 15-year high
National Police Agency officials say that it is premature to conclude that public safety in Japan has deteriorated.
Customers look for Valentine's Day chocolate at Kintetsu Department Store's flagship outlet in the city of Osaka in January.
BUSINESS / Economy
Feb 8, 2024
Japan’s Valentine’s Day chocolate budget sees 34% rise
About 22% of survey participants said they would purchase chocolates for themselves — 3.4 times more than those buying for a romantic partner.
University students experience taking care of a child at the house of a company employee taking child care leave in Osaka.
JAPAN / Society
Feb 5, 2024
1 in 5 Japanese university students do not want children: survey
The largest cohort at 57.4% cited "a lack of confidence about raising a child" as their reason.
People sort relief supplies, including sanitary napkins, diapers and baby formula, in Suzu, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Sunday, over a month after a New Year's Day quake hit the area.
JAPAN / Society
Feb 5, 2024
Emergency maternity and baby supplies lacking in parts of Japan
The study showed that while 82.5% of municipalities stocked sanitary napkins, only 11.9% kept underwear for women.
Fumio Kishida
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 5, 2024
Kishida Cabinet support rate falls to 24.5% over scandal, second-lowest
The approval rating of the Kishida Cabinet hit an all-time low in December last year at 22.3%, wavering in the 20% range for the past four polls.
Students take a Japanese-language lesson at Ishigeshiho High School in Ibaraki Prefecture in January.
Feb 4, 2024
Only 20% of Japan public high schools have foreign student quotas
Around 750 out of 3,880 public high schools had quotas for foreign resident students who passed special admission exams, a survey showed.
A suicide helpline worker takes calls in Tokyo. Health ministry officials say that comprehensive countermeasures are needed to realize a society in which people do not feel suicidal.
JAPAN / Society
Jan 26, 2024
Suicides in Japan decreased slightly to 21,818 in 2023
The decrease marks the first decline in the number of suicides in two years.
As the political upheaval continues, the administration of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is readying itself for the release of a party political reform panel’s report on the slush funds scandal and its recommendations for ensuring it doesn’t happen again.
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 22, 2024
Kishida's LDP factions gamble fails to improve his popularity
A Yomiuri Shimbun poll conducted over the weekend found the Kishida Cabinet’s approval rating was 24%, the lowest since the LDP returned to power in 2012.
Japanese public sentiment toward China worsened in 2023, with 86.7% of respondents saying they felt unfriendly toward China, up 4.9 percentage points from the preceding year, while 12.7% felt friendly, down 5.1 points.
JAPAN / Society
Jan 20, 2024
Japan public sentiment toward China worsens, Cabinet Office survey finds
The survey found that 86.7% of respondents felt unfriendly toward China, up 4.9 percentage points from the preceding year, while 12.7% felt friendly, down 5.1 points.
The Bank of Japan headquarters in Tokyo. None of 51 surveyed economists expects the central bank to raise its negative interest rate this month, with two-thirds forecasting a rate hike by April.
Jan 17, 2024
Polled economists all see BOJ holding in January after quake
None of 51 surveyed economists expects the central bank to raise its negative interest rate this month, with two-thirds forecasting a rate hike by April.
A banner for the World Economic Forum hangs on a building on the first day of the annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, on Monday.
BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 16, 2024
Pre-Davos survey indicates CEOs' fears regarding AI and climate
Some 45% of more than 4,700 global CEOs surveyed do not believe their businesses will survive, barring significant changes, in the next 10 years.
Shipping containers at a port in Lianyungang, eastern China's Jiangsu province, on Friday
Jan 15, 2024
Most Japanese firms don’t see China’s economy improving in 2024
More than 400 companies said they cut investment in China last year, according to a survey of 1,713 firms by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in China.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida speaks with evacuees at a junior high school in Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, that is serving as an evacuation shelter, on Sunday.
Jan 15, 2024
86.6% back tougher political funds control laws amid scandal
Some 61.6% of poll respondents were also dissatisfied with Kishida's handling of the aftermath of a magnitude-7.6 earthquake that struck the Noto Peninsula on New Year's Day.
Japan's labor productivity per person in 2022 was the lowest calculated among the Group of Seven advanced economies since 1970, according to a report by the Japan Productivity Center.
Jan 8, 2024
Japan's labor productivity ranked 30th among 38 OECD members in 2022
Measured by the worth of goods or services a worker can produce per hour, labor productivity totaled $52.30 in Japan.


At the Akan International Crane Center, just north of the city of Kushiro proper, visitors can see the majestic red-crowned crane — a symbol of Hokkaido.
Faces of the north: A Hokkaido town grapples with depopulation