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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.

LGBT Acceptance Spreads from Shibuya

In November 2015, Tokyo municipalities Shibuya and Setagaya began issuing domestic partnership certificates to same-sex couples, instigating a process of greater acceptance of LGBT persons in Japan.

Majority of Companies Claim a Shortage of Full-Time Employees

The labor shortage appears to be worsening in the Japanese economy. A Teikoku Databank survey has revealed that more than half of the nation’s companies feel they do not have enough full-time employees.

Japan’s Daycare Waiting Lists Below 20,000 for First Time in 10 Years

The number of children on waiting lists for daycare facilities in Japan has dipped under 20,000 as of April 2018—the first time in 10 years. But the government’s goal of matching all children with care services remains elusive.

Reported Child Abuse at Record High with Climb in Psychological Abuse

Each year the number of child abuse cases handled by child guidance offices nationwide has been increasing. In 2017 this figure reached a record high of more than 130,000; guidance officers report a rise in psychological abuse in particular.

Abe and Ishiba Announce Candidacy for LDP Presidency

The race for the LDP presidency is now between the incumbent Abe Shinzō and third-time challenger Ishiba Shigeru. By choosing the head of the most powerful coalition party, this contest effectively decides who will become the next prime minister of Japan, so it has garnered wide attention.

Revenue an Issue for Many Organizations as NPO Law Reaches Twentieth Year

We are coming up on 20 years since Japan’s NPO Act was implemented, formalizing the existence of these groups in the country. As of the end of June 2018, Japan is home to nearly 52,000 nonprofits. However, many NPOs do not have enough sufficient revenue to enable them to conduct their stated activities.

Toward a Blurry Future? Increased Internet Use Contributing to Worse Eyesight Among Youths

Vision among Japanese children and adolescents is deteriorating. The number of students in grades 1–9 with vision falling below the standard 1.0 score is at an all-time high. This trend has raised concerns about the adverse effects of the increased use of the Internet, but with adults also hooked on screen time, a solution seems out of reach.  

Typhoon Jebi a Hard Blow for Kansai International Airport

Strong winds and flood tides caused by Typhoon Jebi shut down Kansai International Airport when it hit the area on September 4. The airport resumed partial operations on September 7. Concerns are high that the closure of this major arrival point for incoming foreign tourists, and the impact on imports and exports, would damage Kansai’s economy.

“Mottainai!” Japan Wastes Around 6.5 Million Tons of Food Per Year

Every day the average amount of food thrown out by a Japanese person could fill up an entire rice bowl. This food waste stands in contradiction to Japan’s low food self-sufficiency rate of 40%.

Shaking in the North: The History of Hokkaidō’s Earthquakes

A September 2018 earthquake rocked south central Hokkaidō, with its epicenter near the island’s main New Chitose Airport. The magnitude 6.7 shake registered 7 on the intensity scale, making it only the sixth ever to do so since modern records began. We look at the history of Hokkaidō’s seismic activity in recent decades.

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