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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.

Graying Japan Increasingly Reliant on Foreign Labor

As of January 1, 2018, Japan had a record high 2.5 million foreign residents. The country is increasingly relying on foreign workers to overcome its labor shortage.

Japan’s Nuclear Power Plants

Seven years on from the Fukushima Daiichi disaster, nine reactors are operational in Japan as of July 2018. Unlike the Fukushima Daiichi reactors, all of these are pressurized water reactors and they are based in western Japan.

School Absenteeism Rising in Japan: 1 in 25 Junior High Students Not Attending

The number of children absent from school for more than 30 days per year has increased for the fourth year running in Japan.

Rain-Related Disasters Becoming More Frequent in Japan

A timeline of rain-related disasters in Japan shows that they commonly occur in July, and that they have become more frequent since 2000.

Japanese School Kids Overseas

The number of Japanese elementary and junior-high students studying in foreign countries is on the rise as more of their parents are posted overseas.

Capital Punishment in Japan

Japan has carried out executions of 83 death-row inmates since 2000. The standards used to decide whom to execute are not clear and seem to reflect the particular outlook of the justice minister serving at the time.

Salarymen’s Spending Money Failing to Rise

The average amount of spending money among male company workers in Japan was ¥39,836 per month in 2018.

Sharing Economy Booming in Japan as Customer-to-Customer Market Grows to ¥1 Trillion

The soaring popularity of flea market applications like Mercari has seen online trade between individuals grow into a ¥1 trillion market.

Record Number of Japanese Living Overseas

Statistics compiled by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs show that, as of October 1, 2017, there were 1,351,970 Japanese living overseas, a year-on-year increase of 13,493 or 1.0%. This is the highest number since statistics were first kept in 1968 and 2.3 times more than 30 years ago.

Aum Shinrikyō: A Timeline

On the morning of July 6, Matsumoto Chizuo, who took the name Asahara Shōkō as leader of the Aum Shinrikyō cult, and six followers were executed for their role in orchestrating crimes and terrorist attacks that killed dozens. Below we give a chronology of incidents related to the deadly cult.

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