The pandemic has caused many, especially young people and women, to consider escaping cramped, overpriced, and overworked lifestyles in greater Tokyo and moving to rural areas. The government supports this trend, which it hopes will help close Japan’s urban-rural population and income divide.
Two death row inmates are suing the Japanese government over same-day notifications of executions. Retaining capital punishment makes Japan, like the US, an outlier among developed nations, and the practice of not informing prisoners until the day of their hanging has been a particular target of criticism.
A significant reason for Japan’s low turnout in elections is that young people tend not to vote. Many feel the government and particularly the ruling coalition, dominated by older male lawmakers often belonging to political dynasties, has no connection to their lives and concerns.
More schools in Japan are letting female students choose either uniforms with a skirt or with pants, while proposals for unisex uniforms are also being considered. Increased options are seen as having practical benefits, as well as accommodating non-gender-conforming students or those with body image issues.
In two cases, in 2017 and 2019, an engineer and a salesperson at top automaker Toyota took their own lives due to on-the-job pressure including so-called “power harassment” by superiors. The company’s failure to rein in abusive bosses points to wider issues with Japan’s workplace culture.
A 19-year-old youth, whose name is being withheld because he is a minor, has been detained by police in Kofu, Yamanashi for alleged involvement in a home break-in, assault, and arson that left two parents dead. His motive is thought to be emotional attachment to the eldest daughter of the family.
ノーベル賞受賞者の真鍋さんが好奇心とコミュニケーションの重要性を強調【Nobel laureate Manabe emphasizes importance of curiosity, communication】
Speaking about the research environment in his home country of Japan and how it compares to the US, Syukuro Manabe, one of three winners of the 2021 Nobel Prize in Physics, emphasized the importance of curiosity-driven research, and of communication between scientists and the government that shapes policy.
The new LDP president Fumio Kishida has promised to boost incomes and economically assist those affected by COVID-19, but a general election in November will indicate public approval of these policies and the potential longevity of his administration.
A government source said on Wednesday that Princess Mako and her boyfriend Kei Komuro plan to have a low-key wedding by the end of the year. She will likely decline a lump-sum payment that is usually given to royal women upon their departure from the household.