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Aug 17, 2014

40% of Tokyo's homeless targeted by violence: survey

About 40 percent of homeless people in Tokyo have been attacked or threatened on the street, a survey by a nonprofit organization has revealed. The Independent Life Support Center Moyai conducted the survey in June and July, interviewing nearly 350 street people aged between ...

Aug 8, 2014

Japan's school absenteeism up for first time in six years

Absenteeism for compulsory schools in Japan increased in fiscal 2013 for the first time in six years, the education ministry said Thursday, without specifying what factors were behind the rise. In the year that ended in March, a total of 119,617 compulsory school students ...

Aug 6, 2014

Number of households on welfare hits record high in May

The number of households on welfare in Japan hit a record high of 1,603,093 in May, up 2,852 from the previous month, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said on Wednesday. The rise came as a growing number of single-person elderly households, or people ...