Households on welfare hit record high in October
the-japan-news.com -- Jan 11
The number of households in the nation receiving welfare increased by 634 in October last year from the previous month to hit a record high of 1,642,907, up for the sixth straight month, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said Wednesday.

The growth reflects an increase in the number of welfare-dependent elderly households.

Excluding households for which welfare payments have been suspended temporarily, households where all members are aged 65 or over and those made up of both the elderly and children under 18 totaled 865,332, or over 50 percent of the total number of recipient households.

Of such elderly households, one-person households accounted for about 90 percent.

The number of recipient households headed by sick, injured or disabled members reached 420,025. The number of families on welfare consisting of single mothers and children under 18 stood at 92,655.

News source: the-japan-news.com
Apr 23
The world’s oldest person, a 117-year-old Japanese woman, has died. Nabi Tajima died of old age in a hospital Saturday evening in Kikai, Kagoshima Prefecture, town official Susumu Yoshiyuki confirmed. (Japan Times)
Apr 23
Izumi Nakamitsu, U.N. undersecretary-general and high representative for disarmament affairs, has been named one of the World's 50 Greatest Leaders by Fortune. (Jiji)
Apr 23
The volcanic alert level for Mount Kusatsu-Shirane in central Japan have been raised due to increased activity. (NHK)
Apr 23
Tokyo Metropolitan Police arrested a member of a comedy duo over illicit filming of a woman at a subway station the day before the unit broke up, reports Nippon News Network. (tokyoreporter.com)
Apr 23
About 108,000 people cerebrated figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu during a parade in his hometown of Sendai, the capital of Miyagi Prefecture, on Sunday for winning the second consecutive Olympic gold medal, in the Pyeongchang Winter Games in February. (Jiji)
Apr 23
Visitors to a park in the city of Hirosaki in northern Japan's Aomori Prefecture have been enjoying the breathtaking sight of about 2,600 blossoming cherry trees. (NHK)
Apr 23
A part is believed to have fallen from a Japan Ground Self-Defense Force helicopter in Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan, a local JGSDF division has said. (Jiji)
Apr 22
Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward mistakenly warned its residents Saturday of the possibility of a massive terror attack. (Jijij)
Apr 22
The Tokyo Summary Court ordered a former taxi driver to pay a fine of 300,000 yen for stalking actress Momoko Kikuchi at her residence, reports TV Asahi (tokyoreporter.com)
Apr 22
A summer-like spell of hot weather has gripped Japan, with temperatures soaring above 30 degrees Celsius across the country. (NHK)