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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.

Working Japanese Women Still Handle Most of the Housework

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

2018 Sees Record Number of Japanese Employees Working on the Side

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

Single Living Trend Continues to Grow in Japan

More Japanese people are choosing not to marry.

Record Exports in 2017 Shrink Japan Trade Deficit with China

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 2017

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 Million

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 Rare

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

Japan’s Ambulance Dispatch Numbers Continue to Rise

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

Annual Recorded Crimes in Japan Decline for Fifteenth Consecutive Year

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%

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.

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