After a 2021 amendment, the Elderly Employment Stabilization Law calls on companies to make efforts to employ workers until age 70, with the goal of shoring up Japan’s dwindling workforce. Efforts are only mandatory until age 65, but 25 percent of employers are complying by re-employing retirees or abolishing retirement ages.
A council at the Financial Services Agency estimated that an elderly couple will need at least 20 million yen assuming they live until 95 years old. It urged workers to start investing earlier to better prepare for their retirement.
Japan was stunned when former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was fatally shot on July 8. Current PM Fumio Kishida has announced plans for a state funeral, an honor only given to one other postwar leader, Shigeru Yoshida, who also served a long term and was noted for domestic and diplomatic accomplishments.
In Japan’s bicameral parliament, the Lower House takes the lead in legislating. It can be dissolved, snap elections can be held, and its lawmakers have shorter terms, reflecting the voice of the people. The Upper House reconsiders, fine-tunes, and votes on bills passed by the Lower.
In the first ruling of its kind, Japan’s top court ordered Twitter Inc. to delete 14 posts about a man’s arrest record. He was arrested for trespassing eight years ago. The court overturned a lower court decision stating that the public’s right to know outweighs the man’s right to privacy.
A court ordered the operator of Tabelog, a popular website that rates restaurants based on aggregated user reviews, to pay 38.4 million yen in compensation to a Korean barbeque chain. The plaintiff claimed Tabelog’s proprietary algorithm automatically downgrades chain restaurants, and that its monthly customers fell by over 5,000 as a result.
The government recently stated that people do not need to wear masks outdoors, though they are still recommended on trains. However, many Tokyoites continue wearing them everywhere, citing habit and concern about fitting in. Meanwhile, runners and other sports aficionados are among the most eager to shed their masks.