Japan's Elderly Population Hits Record High

Japan's elderly population hits record high

A Japanese government survey shows the number of people aged 65 or older, and their proportion to the overall population, have both marked record highs.

The internal affairs ministry estimates that, as of Sunday, the elderly population stood at 35.88 million. That's up 320,000 from last year. Monday is the Respect for the Aged Day national holiday.

Japan's New Environment Minister Speaks To Media

Japan's new environment minister speaks to media

Japan's new Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi has pledged to make the most of his high profile to tackle climate change.

Koizumi, the son of popular former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, arrived at the Environment Ministry Wednesday evening following the first Cabinet meeting after a reshuffle by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe earlier in the day.

Defense Ministry: No Entry To Japan's Eez

Defense Ministry: No entry to Japan's EEZ

Japan's Defense Ministry says it has not confirmed any ballistic missiles entering its territory or exclusive economic zone.

It adds that projectiles launched by North Korea earlier in the day will not pose any direct threat to Japan's security.

Japan's Rugby Team Seen Off For World Cup

Japan's rugby team seen off for World Cup

More than 5,000 people gathered at the Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium in Tokyo on Saturday to see off 29 members of Japan's rugby team. It will take part in the World Cup that starts in the country on September 20th.

Captain Michael Leitch said he wants to fight with a special feeling as the event will be held on home turf, and he wants the fans to support them with 100-percent of their energy.

Japan's Largest Dinosaur Given Scientific Name

Japan's largest dinosaur given scientific name

Researchers say a dinosaur whose complete skeleton was found in Hokkaido, northern Japan, is a previously unknown species.

It has been given the scientific name of "Kamuysaurus japonicus," or "god of the dinosaurs." "Kamuy" refers to a deity of the Ainu, the indigenous people of Hokkaido.

Record Amount Sought For Japan's Defense Budget

Record amount sought for Japan's defense budget

Japan's Defense Ministry has released its largest-ever budget request for next fiscal year, partly to finance the launch of a space monitoring unit.

The ministry decided at a meeting attended by Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya on Friday to request about 5.3 trillion yen, or about 50 billion dollars, for fiscal 2020, which starts next April. The figure is up 1.2 percent from this year's budget.

Japan's Domestic Ivory Market

Japan's domestic ivory market

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, known as CITES, banned international trade in ivory in 1990. But Japan and European Union states are among countries that allow domestic sales. Under those rules, foreign visitors are banned from buying ivory items, such as for souvenirs.

Japan's domestic businesses using ivory rely on stockpiles of more than 2,000 tons of tusks. Most was imported before the ban. The rest was bought in 1999 and 2009 under special approval of CITES.

Japan's Tallest Skyscraper To Be Built In Tokyo

Japan's tallest skyscraper to be built in Tokyo

A Japanese real estate developer says it will build Japan's tallest skyscraper in central Tokyo.

Mori Building executives say the 64-story main tower of the Toranomon-Azabudai redevelopment project in Minato Ward will be about 330 meters tall.

Japan's Imports Of Us Meat Sluggish

Japan's imports of US meat sluggish

Japan's imports of beef and pork from members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership pact and the European Union increased in the first half of this year. Imports of pork from the United States dropped, while those of beef increased slightly.

The TPP free trade pact took effect in December, and the Economic Partnership Agreement with the EU took effect in February. Tariffs on US imports remained unchanged as Washington withdrew from the TPP.

Victims Of Japan's Worst Air Disaster Remembered

Victims of Japan's worst air disaster remembered

A ceremony to remember the victims of Japan's worst air disaster took place on Monday, the 34th anniversary of the tragedy.

A Japan Airlines Boeing 747 jumbo jet bound for Osaka from Tokyo crashed into a mountain in Gunma Prefecture, northwest of Tokyo, on August 12, 1985. The accident left 520 people dead.

Japan's Defense Ministry Dismisses N.korea Claims

Japan's defense ministry dismisses N.Korea claims

Japan's defense ministry has dismissed what it says is an attempt by North Korea to drive a wedge between Tokyo and Washington. The ministry says Japan and the United States are in sync over the issue of North Korean missiles, and will continue to closely monitor developments following a series of recent test launches.

The comment follows a statement on Sunday by Kwong Jong Gun, a North Korean foreign ministry official in charge of American affairs.

Japan's Food Self-sufficiency Rate At 25-year Low

Japan's food self-sufficiency rate at 25-year low

Japan's agriculture ministry says the country's food self-sufficiency rate in fiscal 2018 matched the record low marked 25 years ago.

The ministry says the food self-sufficiency rate for the fiscal year that ended in March was 37 percent in terms of calorie intake. That's down one percentage point from the previous year and equals the record low of fiscal 1993, when a cool summer caused a poor rice harvest.

Japan's Govt. Considering Help For Kyoto Animation

Japan's govt. considering help for Kyoto Animation

The Japanese government is considering helping the animation studio in Kyoto that suffered a deadly arson attack to recover. The government responded to a call from a nonpartisan group of lawmakers.

The group promoting animation production says many talented animators were killed in the arson attack on the Kyoto Animation studio on July 18. It is calling on the government to urgently take all possible measures to rescue the studio and its surviving staff from their plight.