SOCIETY

  • BOXES
  • LIST

POLITICS

Human resources bank for women produces zero results

(Tokyo Shimbun: December 27, 2015 – p. 4)    The Cabinet Office’s online service Habataku Josei Jinzai Bank (human resources bank for women flying high” has continued to fly under the radar. Through this program, the Cabinet Office provides companies with a database of women who are candidates for corporate board membership as part of government efforts to increase the….Read more

  • 2015-12-28 15:00:00
  • , Tokyo Shimbun
  • Translation

SOCIETY > Bestsellers

Bestsellers in November 2015

The following is the monthly ranking of bestsellers released by book wholesaler Nippan Shuppan Hanbai Inc. (NIPPAN) on November 30:    

  • November 30, 2015
  • digital
  • Translation

SOCIETY > Women

Japanese women bear burden of “double care”

As reported in the last edition of Trending@Japan, in spite of PM Abe’s efforts to promote the role of women in society, there is still a wide gender gap in Japan. Furthermore, Japanese women are forced to shoulder a growing burden of family responsibilities because Japan is a super-aging society. According to Yomiuri (12/9), an increasing number of women in….Read more

  • December 16, 2015
  • , Yomiuri
  • Trending@Japan

POLITICS

PM’s Office’s “sophisticated” media strategy

(Shukan Toyo Keizai: December 12, 2015 – pp. 48-51)    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s favorite TV program is “Prime News” on BS Fuji, a two-hour daily talk show where political and foreign affairs issues are discussed in depth. His favorite commercial TV stations are NTV and Fuji TV and favorite newspapers, Yomiuri Shimbun and Sankei Shimbun.    There used to….Read more

  • 2015-12-11 15:00:00
  • , Yomiuri
  • Translation

POLITICS

Survey of newspaper editorials on COP21 and terrorism

(Sankei: December 9, 2015 – p. 6)    By Tsugumasa Uchihata    The 21st Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) attended by the leaders of some 150 nations opened as scheduled soon after the terrorist attacks in Paris. Global warming and terrorism are issues that the international community needs to unite and tackle….Read more

  • 2015-12-09 15:00:00
  • , Sankei
  • Translation

POLITICS

U.S. history organization publishes refutations by Japanese historians on comfort women

(Sankei: December 5, 2015 – p. 2)    The American Historical Association (AHA) published refutations by 50 Japanese historians over the comfort women issue in its December bulletin, which was issued on December 3.    Since November last year, the Japanese government has been demanding through its diplomatic missions overseas that McGraw-Hill Education correct descriptions of forced labor of comfort….Read more

  • 2015-12-07 15:00:00
  • , Sankei
  • Translation

POLITICS

Gov’t backsliding on goal for women’ empowerment

(Tokyo Shimbun: December 5, 2015 – p. 3)    The government disclosed on Dec. 3 its numerical targets for promoting women to managerial positions, which will be included in the Fourth Basic Plan for Gender Equality for fiscal 2016-2020. The government set the goals of increasing the ratios of women working at the division director- and department chief-level positions in….Read more

  • 2015-12-07 15:00:00
  • , Tokyo Shimbun
  • Translation

POLITICS

Detailed estimates of TPP’s significant negative effect on agriculture

(Ekonomisuto: December 8, 2015 – pp. 46-47)    By Prof. Nobuhiro Suzuki, University of Tokyo Graduate School    Simulations using the same model employed by the Cabinet Office to estimate the economic effects of TPP show that the GDP will only increase by 500 billion yen or 0.07%, while production in agriculture, forestry, and fisheries will decrease by more than….Read more

  • 2015-12-07 15:00:00
  • ,
  • Translation

SOCIETY > Women

What kind of companies will allow women to shine?

The Japanese Diet unanimously approved on August 28 the Act of Promotion of Women’s Participation and Advancement in the Workplace, which requires government agencies and private corporations with more than 300 employees to establish and disclose by April 2016 targets for the number of female employees to be hired or promoted to leadership positions. However, there is some skepticism as….Read more

  • November 25, 2015
  • Trending@Japan

SOCIETY > Women

Has Abenomics succeeded in empowering women?

In the annual global gender gap index published annually by the World Economic Forum (WEF), Japan always hovers around the bottom. Out of around 140 countries, Japan ranked 101st in 2012, 105th in 2013, and 104th in 2014. The gender gap index is based on political empowerment, economic participation and opportunity, educational attainment, and health and survival. One might think….Read more

  • November 25, 2015
  • , Asahi
  • Trending@Japan
  • Ambassador
  • Ukraine
  • OPINION POLLS
  • COVID-19
  • Trending Japan