As early as 2017, the Japanese government introduced the notion of Society 5.0, a term to designate Japan’s next societal inflection point. In this next step, technological developments would be utilized to improve life and society, while business success remains a driving factor, “quality of life” is the primary objective.
At CEATEC 2019, several companies are showing products or concepts designed around Society 5.0.
Transport systems in Japan are returning to normal after Typhoon Hagibis caused widespread cancellations and disruptions over the weekend.
Most bullet trains have resumed. The Yamagata line is expected to be back to its regular timetable from around noon on Monday. The Hokuriku line is operating on a restricted schedule between Tokyo and Nagano.
Japanese preschool education and childcare became free of charge on Tuesday, a move that will be funded by a consumption tax hike.
The tax was raised from 8 to 10 percent on October 1, with its revenue allotted to social security upgrades. During this fiscal year, about 3.5 billion dollars will be directed toward making preschool education and daycare services free.