Japan's jobless rate falls to 24-year low
NHK -- Dec 27
Japan's unemployment rate fell to 2.7 percent in November -- the lowest in 24 years.

The internal affairs ministry says more than 65.5 million people had jobs in November, up by 750,000 from a year earlier. This was the 59th straight monthly increase.

The number of unemployed fell by 190,000 to about 1.8 million, extending the downward streak to 90 months in a row.

The seasonally adjusted jobless rate was 2.7 percent, down 0.1 percentage point from October.

Ministry officials say the job market in Japan is steadily improving. They say people are able to find work in a broad range of industries, but this has caused labor shortages.

The labor ministry says the ratio of job offers to applicants rose to 1.56 in November, up 0.01 point from the previous month.

That means there were 156 job openings for every 100 people looking for work.

The figure was the second to the highest, which was marked in January of 1974.

News source: NHK
Sep 18
The number of women aged 65 years old or higher in Japan has topped 20 million for the first time, according to estimates by the internal affairs ministry released Sunday. (Jiji)
Sep 18
Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force says one of its submarines took part in a drill in the South China Sea. (NHK)
Sep 18
The Japanese city of Sapporo has dropped its bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics following a recent earthquake. (Japan Today)
Sep 18
At 6 p.m. on one weekday in August an enthusiastic audience had almost filled Gion Corner, a theater of some 200 seats at the center of the Gion traditional entertainment district in the city of Kyoto. (Japan Times)
Sep 18
Police on Monday sent papers to prosecutors on a 69-year-old taxi driver on a charge of reckless driving resulting in death after his vehicle hit and killed the 45-year-old driver of a hire car in Tokyo's Roppongi district. (Japan Today)
Sep 18
Overseas hackers are thought to have made off with information on Japan's maritime strategy in a March attack on specific people at national universities, which a Nikkei survey has found to be growing targets for their relatively lax security and sensitive knowledge. (Nikkei)
Sep 17
Mos Food Services Inc. <8153> said Saturday that nearly 30 customers of its Mos Burger hamburger restaurants have shown food poisoning symptoms. (Jiji)
Sep 17
Thousands of people in Yamagata City in northern Japan have been getting an early taste of autumn and setting a world record at the same time. (NHK)
Sep 17
The number of one-yen coins in circulation has fallen sharply in Japan, as consumers increasingly choose cashless payments with electronic money or credit cards. (Jiji)
Sep 17
Kirin Kiki, a veteran Japanese film and television actress known for her unique roles, has died at her home in Tokyo, a source close to her said Sunday. She was 75. (Japan Today)