Popularity of wooden housing drops to record low of 73.6% in Japan

Business Nov 30, 2019

Popularity of wooden housing drops to record low of 73.6% in Japan

Interest in wooden housing among Japanese has hit the lowest level since 1989, apparently reflecting high maintenance costs and vulnerability to fires, a Cabinet Office survey has shown. The share of respondents preferring to build or buy wooden homes stood at 73.6 percent, dipping below ...

Survey finds more young Japanese are watching less TV

National Nov 25, 2019

Survey finds more young Japanese are watching less TV

In a recent Jiji Press survey, about 10 percent of Japanese in their teens and 20s said they did not watch television, showing youngsters' diminishing interest in the medium amid the rising popularity of various online video platforms. The largest share of respondents — 25.7 ...

Business Nov 15, 2019

Major Japan firms to pay record winter bonuses for second year

Major companies in Japan are set to pay record-high winter bonuses for the second straight year, the Japan Business Federation, or Keidanren, said Thursday. Bonuses agreed in labor-management wage negotiations for this winter averaged ¥964,543, showing a rise of 1.49 percent from the previous year's ...