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Working Japanese Women Still Handle Most of the HouseworkJapan Data

Despite a rise in female employees, housework remains primarily “women’s work” in Japan.

2018 Sees Record Number of Japanese Employees Working on the SideJapan Data

A growing number of Japanese workers are supplementing their main income.

Single Living Trend Continues to Grow in JapanJapan Data

More Japanese people are choosing not to marry.

Record Exports in 2017 Shrink Japan Trade Deficit with ChinaJapan Data

Japanese exports to China rose by 20.5% in 2017 to ¥14.9 trillion, marking the highest level since statistics were first recorded.

Japan Registers Second Consecutive Annual Trade Surplus in 2017Japan Data

In 2017, Japan’s trade balance was in the black for the second straight year, but the surplus margin was smaller than in the previous year. Factors underlying the trade surplus included robust exports of semiconductor production equipment to South Korea and automobiles to the United States.

Senior-Citizen Workers in Japan Top 8 MillionJapan Data

The number of employed senior citizens in Japan now exceeds 8 million. Companies are actively seeking older workers in a bid to overcome labor shortages. Senior citizens, for their part, are eager to remain on the job even past retirement age.

Gun Crimes in Japan Remain RareJapan Data

In 2017, just three people were killed in shooting incidents in Japan.

Japan’s Ambulance Dispatch Numbers Continue to RiseJapan Data

The aging of Japanese society is fueling a climb in ambulance dispatches.

Stumbling Over Words: The Growing Communication Gap in Japanese PoliticsCommunication and the Japanese Language

Words may be the most potent weapon in politics, but they are a double-edged sword. In the social-media age, a slip of the tongue can quickly spell disaster and send a politician scrambling to do damage control. In Japan, a recent spate of gaffes and verbal chicanery among prominent legislators has many experts lamenting a breakdown in communication between leaders in Tokyo and their constituents around the nation.

Annual Recorded Crimes in Japan Decline for Fifteenth Consecutive YearJapan Data

There were 915,000 recorded annual crimes in Japan in 2017, marking the third straight record low. This trend seems to be the outcome of such factors as the spread of products with anti-theft functions and the increase of security cameras.

Level of Nonregular Employment Remains High in Japan at 37.3%Japan Data

More than a third of the Japanese workforce is working in nonregular positions. Factors underlying this situation include the increasing number of older people who become contract or temporary workers after retirement.

International Marriage in Japan: Trends in Nationality of SpousesJapan Data

When it comes to international marriages, Japanese men tend to choose brides from Asian countries, particularly China and the Philippines. Japanese women, on the other hand, are more varied in selecting a foreign partner.

The Tasty, Affordable Joys of “Oden”Japan Glances

Once a way for common citizens to warm themselves through winter, oden is now sold all year round at convenience stores. This article introduces the most popular ingredients.

Overcoming the Fear of SolitudeA Japanese Psychiatrist’s Takes on the Trials of LifeIzumiya Kanji

Many people are afraid of solitude and strive to avoid feeling this sensation by filling the empty intervals in their lives with distractions. Psychiatrist Izumiya Kanji explains the value of solitary time spent in communication with one’s inner self.

International Marriages in Japan Decline from 2006 PeakJapan Data

International marriages peaked in 2006, but have declined considerably since then. Especially prominent is the massive drop in unions between Japanese husbands and Filipina wives.

Japan’s Population Forecast to 2045: Tokyo Continues to DominateJapan Data

Japan’s 2015 census showed that southern Kantō (Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba, and Saitama Prefectures) accounted for 28.4% of the overall population. This concentration in the Tokyo metropolitan area is expected to rise even further in the period up to 2045.

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