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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 ...

Aug 1, 2014

Sumida schools confront assaults on the homeless

Elementary and junior high schools in Sumida Ward, Tokyo, have embarked on a new program to address a jump in violence against homeless people in the area. One of the sessions took place July 10 at Hikifune Elementary School, where two homeless men who ...

Aug 1, 2014

Japan must hike sales tax again to conquer debt, IMF says

Japan must raise its sales tax again to conquer one of the world’s heaviest public debt burdens, the International Monetary Fund said on Thursday, as it called for deep economic reforms. The recommendations, outlined in the Washington-based fund’s annual country report, come four months ...

Jul 23, 2014

Monument for Korean forced labor must come down, Gunma says

The Gunma Prefectural Government said Tuesday it won’t allow a memorial to Koreans who were engaged in wartime forced labor to remain at a local public park, citing political remarks made by the group responsible for its construction. The monument was built in 2004 ...