Japanese population decline

What Is Japan’s “Silver Market”? What Are Some of The “Silver Goods”?

We all know how technologically advanced Japan is as a country. The Japanese are more tech-savvy than anyone else in the world. From small electric Itazura coin banks to huge magnetic bullet trains, the country is famous for its technological innovations. As Japan advances in every field, its population is aging rapidly. You must have…

This Japanese Company Is Helping Moms Stay in the Workforce

It is quite strange, yet true, that many Japanese women are more likely to have university degrees than Japanese men. However, one of the biggest reasons why women quit their jobs after childbirth is the unfeasible working hours for child care. Since the workplace in Japan is very busy, working as a mother might mean…

What Is Hikikomori? Could It Be One of Japan’s Most Serious Problems?

Nearly 700,000 young Japanese people are missing. They have seemed to drop from the face of the earth. They do not work, they do not engage socially, and they are gone for years at a time. These tend to be largely young men between the age of 15 to 34. These young people will suddenly…

Is Mass Immigration the Only Way to Save Japan?

Many years ago before I came to Japan, I was taking part in a short-term intensive Japanese study facility to prepare for my coming trip. One of the students ahead of me in the class went a few weeks before my cohort and I. We sent him a letter asking, “What’s Japan like?” In his…

3 Common Japanese Stereotypes: Agree or Disagree?

Whoever you are and wherever you go, there are common conventional thoughts that people will normally characterize you by based on your nationality. This is what you call “stereotyping.” It can be both positive and negative. Americans are stereotyped as friendly, generous, hardworking and optimistic in the positive sense. Negatively, they are viewed as materialistic,…