Surge in Elderly Living Alone

The number of elderly people aged 65 or older accounts for 26.7 percent of the 127.11 million total population, up 3.7 percentage points from five years ago, a summary report of the 2015 national census shows. Accordingly, single-person households have grown to occupy 32.5 percent of the total 51.88 million households, making it now the…

Otaku Anime Funerals in Akihabara

True otaku can never have too many anime figures, toys and collectibles, amassing huge collections in their homes and spending tons of money for years or even decades. Akihabara is dotted with hundreds of stores catering to all kinds of hobbies and obsessions – from gaming, figures, anime series, to manga and model kits. There…

Medical Tourism: Next Boom in Japan?

This is HUGE in Thailand! An incorporated association promoting the globalization of Japanese medical services said it will publicly solicit medical institutions seeking to be registered on a list of hospitals prepared to treat foreign patients. Compiling the list has been planned under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s growth strategy as the administration seeks to boost…

Could Japan get nuclear weapons overnight?

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has told Chinese President Xi Jinping that Japan has the capacity to acquire nuclear weapons “Virtually overnight.” Speaking at a Public Broadcasting Service program aired Monday, Biden said he had urged Xi to exert influence on North Korea so it will abandon its missile and nuclear weapons developments. Referring to…