Japan Sees 9 Years Of Population Decline

Japan sees 9 years of population decline

Japan's population has fallen for 9 years in a row, while the capital, Tokyo, keeps growing.

The Internal Affairs Ministry says Japan's population was 125.2 million as of January 1st this year. It's been dropping since it peaked 2009.

Juicy Health Benefits Seen As Path To Reversing Decline In Fruit Consumption In Japan

Juicy health benefits seen as path to reversing decline in fruit consumption in Japan

At the Komaba Festival at the University of Tokyo's Komaba campus in late November 2017, a line of people at a mandarin tasting event sponsored by the university's Mikan Fan Club extended out into the corridor. Students explained the origins of different varieties of "mikan," as the fruit is known in Japanese, and their various taste characteristics. Participants tried six different types of mandarin and then tried to guess the variety.

Among the participants was a group of four women in their 40s and 50s. "I think this is a Mie Prefecture mandarin," "This is sweet, isn't it?" the women remarked as they eagerly sampled the fruit. In the past, they said, they used to buy mandarins by the box, but now they just buy nets containing only a few mandarins each. There are various reasons for this.

Sony Mobile Sales Decline 15 Percent In Last Quarter

Sony Mobile sales decline 15 percent in last quarterSony Corporation has reported its Q2 FY2015 financial results for the 3 months to the end of September 2015. Overall, sales were broadly flat year-on-year at 1,892.7 billion yen, with the CMOS image sensor and PlayStation business units helping to drive growth but being offset by a weak performance in mobile and financial services.

Cubs Decline Option On Fujikawa

Cubs decline option on FujikawaThe Chicago Cubs have declined their option for next season on reliever Kyuji Fujikawa, making him a free agent.
A longtime closer in Japan, the right-hander signed with the Cubs before the 2013 season but never delivered the way the organization hoped. He tore a ligament in his pitching elbow in his first year with the Cubs and underwent Tommy John surgery.

Schoolgirl Sailor-style Uniforms On Decline

Schoolgirl sailor-style uniforms on declineIn Japanese manga and anime, dramas and films, schoolgirls in sailor-style uniforms are an ubiquitous cliche.

According to Japan’s largest uniform manufacturer, Tombow Co., about 50 percent of junior high schools choose sailor-style uniforms, but only 20 percent of high schools do so. Those familiar navy blue, skirted sailor suits are no longer the majority.