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The Latest Figures and Surveys

This series offers basic information about Japan in an easy-to-understand format using statistics and diagrams. Also presented are surveys and questionnaires about Japanese lifestyles and ways of thinking, along with updated information on the disaster recovery effort in Japan.

Toward Safer Roads for Foreign Rental Car Drivers

The number of foreigners renting cars in Japan has surged in recent years. With the number of accidents involving foreign drivers increasing in popular tourist destinations, the Japanese government has set its sights on trying to curb car accidents.
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Dissolving the House of Representatives: A Powerful Political Tool

The Japanese constitution gives the prime minister the authority to dissolve the House of Representatives, the more powerful of Japan’s two Diet chambers. It is among the premier’s greatest political powers, seen as a means of bringing pivotal agenda issues to a public vote.
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Abe Reshuffles Cabinet in Bid to Reverse Slumping Approval

On August 3, 2017, Prime Minister Abe Shinzō reshuffled his cabinet for the third time since being reelected premier in 2014, replacing 13 of 19 incumbent ministers. Kōno Tarō was appointed as minister for foreign affairs and Onodera Itsunori was tapped for minister of defense. Noda Seiko returned to the cabinet, taking on the role of minister of internal affairs and communications.
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Sacred Island Selected for UNESCO List: An Overview of World Heritage Sites in Japan

The Sacred Island of Okinoshima and Associated Sites in the Munakata Region has been registered by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. It is the twenty-first Japanese location to be added to the prestigious list.
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Books for Studying Japanese

These courses, reference works, and workbooks offer assistance on the journey to Japanese proficiency.
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People’s Honor Award Recipients

The Japanese prime minister presents the People’s Honor Award in recognition of the accomplishments of individuals in sport, entertainment, and other fields. Established in 1977, the award has gone to 24 recipients so far.
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Japan’s Birthrate Drops Below 1 Million

The Japanese population shrank again in 2016, as the number of births fell below one million for the first time since statistics were first compiled. This article examines the year's demographic data from the Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare.
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Survey Finds Record Number of “Sexless” Married Couples in Japan

A 2016 survey by the Japan Family Planning Association found that the percentage of “sexless” married people, who have not had sexual intercourse for at least a month, reached its highest level, at 47.2%. This is a 2.6-point increase over the previous survey, conducted in 2014, and 15.3 points higher than the first such survey, carried out in 2004.
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Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Venues

The venues for events in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games have now been decided. They are listed here, along with details on how to get to each one and other information.
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Free Apps for Life and Travel in Japan

Whether a tourist or a resident in Japan, there are a large number of smartphone apps that make life easier. This article includes apps for traveling, finding restaurants, and staying safe.
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