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Japan local govts increasing disabled job applicants

Tokyo, July 8 (Jiji Press)–An increasing number of prefectural governments and ordinance-designated major cities in Japan are expanding the scope of disabled people qualified to take exams for regular jobs at the public-sector offices to include those with mental or intellectual disabilities.  Previously, the job exams had been available to people with physical disabilities.   Local governments are moving to open their….Read more

  • July 8, 2019
  • , Jiji Press , 1:18 p.m.
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No. of “children’s cafeterias” up 60%: survey

The number of “cafeterias for children,” or “kodomo shokudo” in Japanese, that provide free or low-priced food to local children, has reached at least 3,718 across the nation. The finding was released by the nonprofit organization Zenkoku kodomo shokudo shien center Musubie [Musubie national center for supporting children’s cafeterias] at a press conference in Tokyo on June 26. The figure….Read more

  • June 27, 2019
  • , Mainichi , p. 22
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Main points of proposed revisions to law to promote measures against child poverty

Main points of proposed revisions to the law to promote measures against child poverty   – Municipalities are obliged to make sincere efforts to draw up plans regarding measures against poverty. – The outline of the government’s measures against child poverty should include the poverty rate of single-parent households and the university enrollment rate of children from families on welfare.….Read more

  • June 1, 2019
  • , Tokyo Shimbun , p. 3
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Japan gov’t agencies hire over 2,700 disabled people

Japanese government agencies that had failed to meet the legally required employment rate for people with disabilities have hired 2,755.5 disabled people since October last year, labor ministry data showed Tuesday. Of the new workers, hired by the 28 entities, 337 people switched from private companies, according to a survey on the employment situation of disabled people at 34 government….Read more

  • April 23, 2019
  • , Jiji Press , 9:48 p.m.
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Second Lady calls for increased use of art therapy in Japan

TV Asahi reported online on Tuesday afternoon that Karen Pence, the wife of Vice President Pence, delivered a speech at the Ambassador’s Residence in Tokyo earlier in the day to announce a U.S. Embassy grant worth about $55,540 (6.25 million yen) over the next two years to a new art therapy program slated to begin at Tsukuba University in April….Read more

  • November 13, 2018
  • , Sankei , TV Asahi
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SECURITY > Okinawa

Retired U.S. Marine and his wife “save children” in Okinawa

Chris Nesbitt (39) and his wife, Yuko (48), of Koshihara established the volunteer group “Help Oki” in 2014. By supporting orphanages, mother-child support facilities, and the Okinawa foster parent association, the group has earned the appreciation of those involved. The group, which the couple launched through a process of trial and error, now boasts a membership of 150, most of….Read more

  • November 10, 2018
  • , Okinawa Times , p. 22
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Main points of proposed revisions to Livelihood Protection Law, other laws

The bare bones of proposed revisions to the Livelihood Protection Law and other laws Municipalities will have an obligation to make sincere efforts to encourage the poor to use consultation services. Minimum standards will be introduced to free or cheap accommodation facilities. “Housing for supporting daily life” will be established for the elderly poor to support their lives. Subsidies for….Read more

  • June 1, 2018
  • , Mainichi , p. 5
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Editorial: Expedite debate to maintain social security system to 2040 and beyond

Can social security be maintained in the future, when population decline will become serious? It is imperative to face reality squarely and reexamine the balance of benefits and burdens, to build a sustainable social security system.   The government has released estimates of social security costs for fiscal 2040, when the elderly population will reach its peak.   Social security….Read more

  • May 23, 2018
  • , Yomiuri
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Japan social welfare spending to rise 60% by 2040

First forecast of its kind shows aging nation faces 2.4-fold nursing cost surge   TOKYO — Japan will spend nearly one-fourth of gross domestic product on social welfare in fiscal 2040, according to the government’s first-ever projections for that year, with nursing care expenditures to more than double as a shrinking working-age population struggles with the cost of caring for the….Read more

  • May 22, 2018
  • , Nikkei Asian Review , 4:33 a.m.
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Japan social security costs seen reaching 190 T. yen in FY 2040

Jiji Press   TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Social security costs in Japan are estimated to reach up to ¥190 trillion in fiscal 2040, when the number of people aged 65 or over is projected to peak, the government said Monday.   The estimated amount is up about 60 percent from ¥121.3 trillion forecast for fiscal 2018, which ends in March….Read more

  • May 22, 2018
  • , The Japan News , 9:00 p.m.
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