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Rethinking the age-old question of youth | The Japan Times

Rethinking the age-old question of youth | The Japan Times | ICT | Scoop.it
Japan used to follow a wonderful practice to mark old age: Everyone who reached their 100th birthday received a silver sake cup called a sakazuki. It's cer
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Do you really want to end up as a centenarian? How to live means how to die.
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One-third of men destined to be lifelong singles | JapanToday

One-third of men destined to be lifelong singles | JapanToday | ICT | Scoop.it
“Mr Fukuyama” is 43, reasonably well-off and single. It’s not that he doesn’t want to marry — he can’t, or at…
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Some Japanese men don't want get married, but like to have children. However, children born out of wedlock are quite rare in Japan. 

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Japan census report shows surge in elderly population, many living alone | The Japan Times

Japan census report shows surge in elderly population, many living alone | The Japan Times | ICT | Scoop.it
The number of elderly people is on the uptick, even as the size of the average family shrinks, government numbers indicate.
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Do you still want to live longer in Japan?
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Japan to shake up firms' nursing care leave system | The Japan Times

Japan to shake up firms' nursing care leave system | The Japan Times | ICT | Scoop.it
A moderate shake-up of the nursing care leave system is approaching after the enactment of a revised law last month, as the government tries to help people
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This doesn't reveal the hard situation self-employed people face when they need to take care of their own flesh and blood.
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Japanese employers, establishments take steps toward curbing smoking ahead of 2020 Games | The Japan Times

Japanese employers, establishments take steps toward curbing smoking ahead of 2020 Games | The Japan Times | ICT | Scoop.it
Smokers in Japan, who have long been welcome inside hotels, restaurants and other establishments, could soon find themselves out of favor with the general
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You might lose your job if you smoke in Japan.

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To avoid raising eyebrows, entities swapping Kinki for Kansai | The Japan Times

To avoid raising eyebrows, entities swapping Kinki for Kansai | The Japan Times | ICT | Scoop.it
In an effort to increase recognition abroad as well as prevent smirks, giggles, or shocked stares from English speakers, more businesses and private organi
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Which do you like better, Kinki or Kansai?

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Narita airport to get SIM card vending machines | The Japan Times

Narita airport to get SIM card vending machines | The Japan Times | ICT | Scoop.it
Japan's main gateway, Narita International Airport, is set to get SIM card vending machines targeting an increasing number of inbound tourists starting nex
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Have you ever got a SIM card from a vending machine anywhere else in the world?

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Shortage of nursing care workers | The Japan Times

Shortage of nursing care workers | The Japan Times | ICT | Scoop.it
The number of nursing care workers is set to fall short of demand by 380,000 within a decade unless the government takes steps to make the industry more attractive.
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Do you really want to (come to and) live in Japan to get older?

 

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Japan firms face hurdles as 'service' culture taken overseas | The Japan Times

Japan firms face hurdles as 'service' culture taken overseas | The Japan Times | ICT | Scoop.it
At Uniqlo stores worldwide, staff greet every customer with "Welcome to Uniqlo!" They briskly walk around on a clean, white sales floor, refolding and rest
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Japan's "omotenashi" may need to be reviewed in the lead-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

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Young single Japanese less keen to have children | The Japan Times

Young single Japanese less keen to have children | The Japan Times | ICT | Scoop.it
More single people in their 20s say they don’t want any children, think it’s costly and exhausting to raise them, and show little interest in kids in general, according to a new survey.
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Vicious circle: fewer children around young people make them more indifferent to kids.

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Fertility rate takes first fall since '05 | The Japan Times

Fertility rate takes first fall since '05 | The Japan Times | ICT | Scoop.it
Japan’s fertility rate slips for the first time in nine years as record low births combine with deaths to produce the biggest annual population drop ever.
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In 2014, Japan's population fell by about 270 thousand from the year earlier, but the number of people at the age of 65 or older increased by more than one million.

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Phone users in Japan still paying for plenty of stuff they don't need | The Japan Times

Phone users in Japan still paying for plenty of stuff they don't need | The Japan Times | ICT | Scoop.it
Despite efforts to shake up competition in the cellphone market, consumers are paying more than ever for mobile services.
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Are you using a smartphone served by an MVNO?

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Some prisons in Japan becoming 'like nursing homes' amid surge in elderly offenders | The Japan Times

Some prisons in Japan becoming 'like nursing homes' amid surge in elderly offenders | The Japan Times | ICT | Scoop.it
Most prisons spend a lot of time and effort keeping inmates from escaping, but a greater challenge is convincing some convicts to leave. Among developed ec
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You might commit a crime to get cared for in prison.

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Japan's population drops at fastest pace on record | The Japan Times

Japan's population drops at fastest pace on record | The Japan Times | ICT | Scoop.it
The population excluding resident foreign nationals falls at the fastest pace yet from a year earlier to 125,891,742 as of Jan. 1.
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Tokyo is swallowing more and more young people, whom the exploding senior citizens live off the backs of.
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Record 12,000 people with dementia reported missing in Japan in 2015 | The Japan Times

Record 12,000 people with dementia reported missing in Japan in 2015 | The Japan Times | ICT | Scoop.it
The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said about 4.62 million people had dementia in 2012 and it expects the figure to rise to 7 million by 2025.
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Again, do you still want to live longer in Japan?
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Japan is as happy as it feels — miserable | The Japan Times

Japan is as happy as it feels — miserable | The Japan Times | ICT | Scoop.it
Who are the unhappiest people, asks Spa — the married, the single or the divorced? The negative question is characteristic of this chronically depres
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Can Japanese people be patient forever like this?
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Modern moms can't find stitch in time to make traditional needlework school bags | The Japan Times

Modern moms can't find stitch in time to make traditional needlework school bags | The Japan Times | ICT | Scoop.it
Every year as cherry blossoms bloom, mothers across Japan toil until late at night to sew fabric bags that nursery and elementary schools require their chi
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It is quite hard to be a mother in Japan.
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Add looming poverty to list of seniors' woes | The Japan Times

Add looming poverty to list of seniors' woes | The Japan Times | ICT | Scoop.it
What a sad country this is. Granted, Spa! magazine paints in primary colors. Maybe it's missing a nuance or two? Maybe things aren't really so bad? Maybe.
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Japan's pension system has already collapsed.

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Views from Tokyo and Osaka: Is Tokyo really the most livable city in the world? | The Japan Times

Views from Tokyo and Osaka: Is Tokyo really the most livable city in the world? | The Japan Times | ICT | Scoop.it
Lifestyle magazine Monocle recently named Tokyo as the world's most livable city, but do residents and visitors in the capital and Japan's second city agree?
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Which do you like better, Osaka or Tokyo?

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The reigning 'Queen of subtitles,' in her own words | The Japan Times

The reigning 'Queen of subtitles,' in her own words | The Japan Times | ICT | Scoop.it
For the past four decades, after the lights dim and curtains go up at cinemas around Japan, the credits that have flashed on screens at the start of hundre
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How long will she be dominating the industry?

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Japanese population posts largest annual decline on record | The Japan Times

Japanese population posts largest annual decline on record | The Japan Times | ICT | Scoop.it
The country’s population, excluding foreign residents, totaled 126,163,576 as of Jan. 1, signaling the biggest decline since the current population survey started in 1968.
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Japan is getting less populated with more senior citizens.

 

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10 ​(​more)​ grammar mistakes that make smart people look stupid

10 ​(​more)​ grammar mistakes that make smart people look stupid | ICT | Scoop.it
Common grammatical errors happen to everyone, but they can make you look unprofessional.
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Be careful!

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Japan should re-examine the idea of marriage to help spur a baby boom | The Japan Times

Japan should re-examine the idea of marriage to help spur a baby boom | The Japan Times | ICT | Scoop.it
After decades of a national conversation about the need for more babies, there is still disagreement as to what sort of measures Japan should take in order
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Couples in de facto marriage and their children should have the same right as the legally married ones and legitimate children do in Japan.

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High-tech toilets targeted to reel in tourists ahead of Olympics | The Japan Times

High-tech toilets targeted to reel in tourists ahead of Olympics | The Japan Times | ICT | Scoop.it
Japan's high-tech toilets are nothing new but their growing popularity has prompted the government to use them as a tool to promote tourism and sell the te
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Japan's toilet bowls are possibly one of the "Cool Japan" items.

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Is Japan becoming extinct? | The Japan Times

Is Japan becoming extinct? | The Japan Times | ICT | Scoop.it
The projected drop in the country's population raises some fundamental questions about its political and social future.
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The year of 2040 is coming soon. What will you doing with fewer neighbors?

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