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The Scourge of Overtourism

Japan is facing the problem of “overtourism.” Between 2010 and 2017, annual visitors to Japan grew from 8.6 million to 28.7 million. The Japanese media refers to the problem as “tourism pollution.”

Fight for $15 Reaches Japan

Protesters gathered in the Shibuya district of Tokyo on October 2. They want McDonald’s to raise its minimum wage to 1,500 yen per hour (about US$13).

Defrauding the Tsunami Victims

Two Director-Generals of the Fisheries Agency from 2011 and 2012, Masanori Sato and Kazuyoshi Honkawa, have been accused of taking funds from the victims of the 2011 tsunami and distributing them to the whaling industry. This is the contention of Ren Yabuki, the Director of the NGO Life Investigation Agency, and he has now launched a lawsuit against these officials.

Aging Population Cuts Labor Force

In recent years, the Japanese population has been decreasing significantly and this has brought about major difficulties related to a workforce shortage, and also leading to a reduction in GDP growth.