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Climbing Compensation: Wages See Fifth Straight Year of GrowthJapan Data

The average worker’s salary in 2017 was ¥4.32 million, a return at last to the level seen before the global financial crisis of 2008. Even with this recovery, though, the average is still ¥350,000 less than the all-time high of ¥4.67 million, marked in 1997.

Japan Falling Short of Government Target of 10% Women Executives by 2020Japan Data

The ratio of women executives in listed companies as of the end of March 2018 was only 3.8% and 65.8% of companies have no women executives at all.

Lady Gaga and Godzilla Star at 2018 Tokyo Film FestivalAt the Movies

The opening and closing films for the 2018 Tokyo International Film Festival have been announced as A Star is Born and Godzilla: The Planet Eater.

Cheap Imports Boost Japan’s Beef SupplyJapan Data

Demand for beef slumped in Japan just after the turn of the century with the outbreak of BSE, but that demand has rebounded in recent years.

Japan’s Unmarried Masses Face Mounting Obstacles to MatrimonyMarriage in Japan Now

Men and women in Japan wishing to marry struggle with a growing array of issues ranging from practical economic concerns to traditional views on marriage partners. As a result, the number of unwed men and women in Japan continues to climb. We recently sat down with Uekusa Miyuki, head of Tokyo matchmaking agency Marry Me, to learn more about the organization’s services and the issues clientele face.

Tokyo and Osaka Among World’s Top 10 Cities for Superrich IndividualsJapan Data

Tokyo and Osaka have placed in the top 10 cities with the largest numbers of ultra-wealthy individuals who hold assets of at least US$30 million, according to a US research company report.

Apple Loses Ground in Japanese Mobile Phone MarketJapan Data

Although Apple remained top of the Japanese mobile phone market in the second quarter of 2018, its share shrank after a striking recovery from Sharp.

No Sleep for Japan? Survey Reveals Half of Population May Have InsomniaJapan Data

A bedding manufacturer’s survey conducted on 10,000 people across Japan has revealed that 49.3% of respondents are most likely suffering from insomnia. In particular, many in their thirties and forties answered that they do not get enough sleep. 

Too Much Waste Straining Japan’s Limited Landfill SpaceJapan Data

If Japan continues to generate over 40 million tons of general waste per year, all of its landfills may be filled up in around 20 years. 

Visitors to Japan Top 20 Million in Eight Months, But Summer Growth SlowsJapan Data

The number of foreign arrivals in Japan is breaking records once again in 2018, with over 20 million entering the country through August alone. A string of natural disasters is casting a shadow over future prospects, though.

Private School Costs Triple Public Education Level Through High SchoolJapan Data

The financial gap between public and private schools in Japan is wide. Average educational expenditures for one year of a private elementary school are ¥1.528 million, compared to ¥323,000 for a public school. And the financial burden on parents and guardians is even greater if they enroll children in private schools all the way up to university.

Abe Shinzō on Track to Become Japan’s Longest-Serving Prime MinisterJapan Data

Prime Minister Abe Shinzō was recently elected president of the Liberal Democratic Party for the third straight time, putting him on course to become the longest-serving prime minister in Japanese history.

Rubella Spreading in TokyoJapan Data

Reports of rubella infections have been drastically increasing since August in the Tokyo metropolitan area due to incomplete vaccination coverage.

Timeline for September 2018Japan Timeline

Typhoon Jebi and an earthquake in Hokkaidō cause severe damage, Ōsaka Naomi becomes the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam singles tournament at the US Open, and Japan and the United States agree to start negotiations on a bilateral trade agreement. These were the top headlines in Japan in September 2018.

Lower Price of Fukushima Rice Shifts Demand to Commercial SectorJapan Data

As individual consumers turned away from the once-prized Fukushima rice after the 2011 nuclear disaster, the drop in price brought an uptake in purchasing from the commercial sector.

Departure Rate for Japanese in Their Twenties Rebounds to 1990s LevelsJapan Data

Newly released figures show that 2.83 million Japanese traveled abroad during the 2018 summer holidays, 4.1% more than in the same period last year. The number of Japanese going abroad rose steadily from when restrictions on overseas travel were eased in 1964 and peaked at 18.49 million in 2012. Now young Japanese travelers are once again showing growing interest in foreign destinations.

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