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Why Don’t the Japanese Give Priority to the Elderly on Public Transportation?

People are often impressed and overwhelmed by the manners and politeness of the Japanese. But when riding public transportation such as trains or buses, things get turned on their head. It’s not hard to see perfectly healthy-looking people sitting on the seats while there are some elderly standing. This happens even in the PRIORITY SEAT…

Working in the Nursing Home Care Industry in Japan

One of the industries in Japan that suffers severe labor shortage is the nursing home care sector. It is at the same time a sector that only keeps expanding, with no shortage of customers in the quickly aging nation that is Japan. This translates into many job offers with stable income available for both Japanese…

5 myths about Japanese subways that aren’t always true

With more than 8 million tourists visiting Japan each year, many stereotypes have been created to explain Japanese culture to friends and family back home. However, there are almost always exceptions to these stereotypes, none more evident than those pertaining Japanese public transportation etiquette. Learn these 5 myths before your first trip to Japan so…
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Tragedy in Japan: The Toddlers Killed in the Car Accident ! Whose Fault is it?

Recently, the news in Japan have been all about the car accidents caused by people with ages between 60-90 years old, reason why many of the elderly started handing in their license and giving up their cars so that they can make a difference and prevent more tragedies to happen. The Ikebukuro accident, also the…

Will These New Self-Driving Shuttle Buses Help the Elderly in Japan’s Rural Areas?

The population in Japan is, no doubt, continuously shrinking. This is especially true in rural communities, where most young people are leaving in search for jobs in the bigger cities. The population decline in these places has also led to the decline of public transportation. Therefore, it is becoming more difficult for the elderly to…

Check Out This Video of a Japanese Granny Hip-Hop Dancing to Promote Rice!

Rice is a staple food in Japan. It has been cultivated across the country for many years and is synonymous with the general meaning of “meal.” However, the younger generation nowadays is increasingly eating junk food like Krispy Kreme Doughnuts (クリスピー・クリーム・ドーナツ) or McDonald’s (マクドナルド) instead of rice. To promote the benefits of eating rice, Japan’s…

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…

Get to Know Japan’s Senior Citizen Cheerleading Team, Japan Pom Pom!

Cheerleading is a highly recognized physical activity around the world. In Japan, it is popularly known as a sport that requires athletic ability and physical strength. Teams are divided into males and females and they compete with routines through different levels. But did you know that cheerleading is not only common among junior high school,…

It’s the Small Things: 5 Reasons Why Japan is So Lovable!

Since arriving in Tokyo, there are so many everyday interactions and experiences that I have learned to love here. The Japanese hospitality, social etiquettes, and the amazing public transport system are obvious ones but there are a few other things that I see and experience that I absolutely love and very rarely see, if at…

Grandchild–Care Leave: A New Solution for the Japanese Grandparents

It is very hard to find a babysitter in Japan. And even if you do, chances are the cost will be horribly expensive! What makes it worse are many households are “two-income” where both parents work to provide for the family. So who is left with the children then? – The Grandparents. The New System…