Japan’s population problem forces changes to social security
08 November 2022 | 7:15 am
Japan has a shrinking pool of young workers to fund retirement and healthcare. The only answer appears to be raising pension and health deductions from paychecks, but that is likely to be deeply unpopular.
Japan's Defense Ministry has said Russia's invasion of Ukraine could encourage China to act against Taiwan. Meanwhile, South Korea will ramp up military drills with the US.
A mental evaluation will determine whether or not the suspect will be indicted for the shooting of former Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Japan will hold a state funeral for Abe on September 27.
After some short-lived optimism that the worst of the COVID pandemic might be over, health experts are warning that the peak of the seventh wave has yet to arrive.
Residents in some regions of northeastern Japan woke up to flooded roads on Thursday (August 4) following torrential rains overnight. Television footage showed inundated roads and partially submerged houses in Yamagata prefecture.
In a break with previous policy, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida called for a plan to revive nuclear energy. The country seeks to extend the operating life of existing nuclear plants and build new ones.
With the nation's energy security under threat and prices rising, Tokyo is making plans to extend aging reactors' lifespans and develop new nuclear power plants.
Should the EU impose a full visa ban on Russian citizens, and what kind of impact would it have? Roderich Kiesewetter, a member of the German parliament for the opposition Christian Democrats (CDU) and a defense and foreign policy expert, speaks to DW.
Tokyo has announced an ambitious multibillion-dollar program of economic assistance to Africa, in a bid to counter Beijing's growing economic and political influence.
The wild weather caused damage to buildings and farmland in Japan's southwestern island of Kyushu. Bullet train services in southern Japan were also cancelled.
A powerful typhoon has brought violent winds and record rainfall to western Japan. One of the biggest storms to hit the country in years, Typhoon Nanmadol killed at least two people, and left more than 300,000 homes without electricity on the island of Kyushu.
Many central banks around the world are following the lead of the US Federal Reserve and raising their benchmark interest rates in order to rein in inflation. The Bank of Japan, however, is marching to the beat of its own drum. At a policy meeting this Thursday, the bank maintained its ultra-loose monetary policy in a bid to spur more internal demand. Meanwhile, the yen and many other currencies continue to fall against the dollar.
Anger is growing in Japan over the upcoming state funeral for Shinzo Abe, who was assassinated in July. The former prime minister had links to the Unification Church, a controversial religious organisation based in South Korea.
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