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COVID-19–Related Bankruptcies Reach 2,000 in Japan

Tokyo – According to Teikoku Databank, the number of bankruptcies in Japan resulting from COVID-19 (including companies with liabilities of less than ¥10 million and individually run businesses) reached 2,000 as of noon on September 3, 2021. Liabilities from the bankruptcies totaled ¥620.6 billion, with 58.2% (1,163 bankruptcies) involving liabilities of less than ¥100 million. …

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Kishida gets mandate as ruling bloc keeps majority in Japan election

Tokyo – Voters in Japan gave the main ruling Liberal Democratic Party control of the Lower House in Sunday’s election. Prime Minister Kishida Fumio’s party secured what’s called an absolute stable majority, even without the help of its coalition partner. This ensures it can easily shepherd bills through the House. The LDP secured 261 of …

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Japanese Survey Finds One in Three of COVID-19 Infections Followed Social Gatherings or Not Wearing Masks

Tokyo | The fifth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the worst thus far, hit Japan in July and August. A survey conducted by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government monitoring meeting found that one in three people testing positive for the virus had been either eating and drinking with others or talking to someone not from their …

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Japanese Students See English as Useful for the Future

An online survey asked approximately 1,000 high school students about which subjects they thought would be useful in the future and girls and boys both placed English top, followed by informatics (which includes information science and programming). They appeared to recognize that language and IT skills are essential for getting ahead in an increasingly globalized …

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Japanese Believe ¥28 Million in Savings is Needed

In a survey targeting 14,100 Japanese people aged in their twenties through seventies, 83.3% responded that they were either “worried” or “somewhat worried” about their old age. That worry stemmed directly from money. The average amount that respondents to the survey conducted by MetLife Insurance thought was necessary for after retirement was ¥28.3 million. However, …

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Hokkaido Japan’s Most Attractive Prefecture for Thirteenth Year Running

Hokkaido remained comfortably on top as Japan’s most attractive prefecture in the Local Brand Survey 2021, conducted by the Brand Research Institute. It has been number one every year since the survey started covering prefectures in 2009. Hokkaidō also came highest in categories on tourism and brand recall for regional food products. Meanwhile, Kyoto has …

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