The number of Japanese bank employees has fallen by 3,629 over the one-year period up to March 31. This is the biggest decline since 2006 when the three major financial groups, Mitsubishi UFJ, Sumitomo Mitsui and Mizuho, were formed.
According to a research company, the number of employees belonging to 81 banks across Japan stood at 223,778 as of end of March.
The Japanese government granted a record number of visas for foreign nationals in 2018, as more people from China visit the country.
The Foreign Ministry says the country's embassies and consulates issued more than 6.95 million visas last year. That's up 19 percent from the previous year, and a record high.
A record more than 200 people were injured this fiscal year starting last April while interacting with deer in a park in the ancient capital of Nara, western Japan.
Nara Park is a popular tourist destination in which visitors can feed and take pictures with deer that roam freely through the area. The animals are protected as designated national treasures.
back number's new single "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" will be released on February 27.
The title track is the theme song for TBS' drama 'Hajimete Koi wo Shita Hi ni Yomu Hanashi', which began on January 15. Besides this, the single will include "Exhibition Death Match" and "Justice in the Box" as the coupling tracks. The Limited Edition will come with a DVD containing the PV for "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" and a digest of their Tokyo Dome concert from their live tour 'back number dome tour 2018 stay with you supported by uP!!!' which was held last summer.
Japan Coast Guard officials have confirmed that this year there have been 105 incidents in which wooden boats, presumably from the Korean Peninsula, have washed ashore, or have been found drifting in Japanese waters.
The officials say the number of such cases exceeded last year's figure of 104 as of Thursday, making 105 the highest since the recordkeeping began in 2013.
Sony Corporation released its fiscal second quarter results earlier today (three months to end of September 2018), and while overall results are sound, its mobile division continues to disappoint. Quite frankly, it was a terrible quarter for Sony Mobile. The business only managed to ship 1.6 million Xperia smartphones during the quarter – the lowest ever for Sony – with shipments down by over half compared to the same period last year.
back number will hold a nationwide tour called 'back number tour 2019' from April to September of next year.
The group made this announcement on October 28 during the finale of their dome tour 'back number dome tour 2018 ~stay with you~ supported by uP!!!' at Kyocera Dome Osaka. Their new tour will kick off on April 20 at Ecopa Arena in Shizuoka and wrap up on September 21 at Okinawa Convention Center for a total of 36 shows in 18 locations.
The Japanese government says the number of foreign students who found a job or started a business in Japan after graduating from schools in the country hit a record high of more than 22,000 in 2017.
Foreign students in Japan are required to change their status of residence if they want to work in the country after graduating universities or vocational schools.