Well-Being

Sustainable Community Building by Residents: Kirari Yoshijima Network

March 12, 2017

Newsletter

 

Sustainable Community Building by Residents: Kirari Yoshijima Network

All 725 households in the Yoshijima District (with a population of about 2,500...
 
Toward a Sustainable Society - Learning from Japan's Edo Period and Contributing from Asia to the World

February 28, 2017

Newsletter

 

Toward a Sustainable Society - Learning from Japan's Edo Period and Contributing from Asia to the World

Junko Edahiro, chief executive of Japan for Sustainability, delivered a keynot...
 
Ajinomoto Co. Undertakes Work Reforms to Promote Workplace Diversity

February 15, 2017

Corporate

 

Ajinomoto Co. Undertakes Work Reforms to Promote Workplace Diversity

Japanese food manufacturer Ajinomoto Co., announced on May 12, 2016, that it ha...
 
Young People at Japanese NPO Delve into Social Inequality Issues

February 5, 2017

Well-Being

 

Young People at Japanese NPO Delve into Social Inequality Issues

POSSE, a Japanese non-profit organization, was established in 2006 to address l...
 
Interview: Corporate 'Virtue'-based Evaluation System Helps Employees Grow

January 31, 2017

Newsletter

 

Interview: Corporate 'Virtue'-based Evaluation System Helps Employees Grow

Introduction The June 2015 JFS Newsletter (The Pursuit of Economic Growth Requ...
 
Food Bank Kansai --- Providing Surplus Food to Those in Need

November 30, 2016

Newsletter

 

Food Bank Kansai --- Providing Surplus Food to Those in Need

In Japan, five to eight million tons of food products are disposed of annually...
 
Majority of Japanese Elderly Not Saved Enough for Retirement, More than Double U.S.

November 27, 2016

Money

 

Majority of Japanese Elderly Not Saved Enough for Retirement, More than Double U.S.

The Japanese Cabinet Office released the Annual Report on the Aging Society 201...
 
'work with Pride' (wwP) Launches Index to Promote LGBT-inclusive Workplaces in Japan

October 10, 2016

Newsletter

 

'work with Pride' (wwP) Launches Index to Promote LGBT-inclusive Workplaces in Japan

In June 2016, a Japanese nonprofit group called "work with Pride" (wwP) announ...
 
What are the Secrets to a Long, Healthy Life? From Japan's Longest-Lived Prefecture, Nagano

September 30, 2016

Newsletter

 

What are the Secrets to a Long, Healthy Life? From Japan's Longest-Lived Prefecture, Nagano

Building a society with a healthy lifestyle, where even the elderly can lead a...
 
Survey Shows More than 60% of Japanese Workers Want to Give Higher Priority to Personal Lives

September 8, 2016

Well-Being

 

Survey Shows More than 60% of Japanese Workers Want to Give Higher Priority to Personal Lives

The Research Institute for Advancement of Living Standards in Japan released it...
 
Kodomo-Shokudo Project to Provide Children with a Warm Meal and Place to Visit

April 21, 2016

Newsletter

 

Kodomo-Shokudo Project to Provide Children with a Warm Meal and Place to Visit

There are many initiatives providing food to people in need in both developing...
 
Future Vision of Economic Growth and Sustainable Society

March 16, 2016

Newsletter

 

Future Vision of Economic Growth and Sustainable Society

Mariko Kawaguchi, chief researcher at Daiwa Institute of Research, Ltd., analy...
 
Finding Balance between the Two Extremes of Economic Growth and Happiness

December 12, 2015

Newsletter

 

Finding Balance between the Two Extremes of Economic Growth and Happiness

Tetsufumi Okushi is known as an brilliant entrepreneur in Japan who grew a sin...
 
Toward a Happier City -- Nagakute Takes on Well-being Indicator Development

November 20, 2015

Newsletter

 

Toward a Happier City -- Nagakute Takes on Well-being Indicator Development

Nagakute, in Aichi Prefecture, has been actively promoting efforts proposed by...
 
Management Society for Promoting Well-Being at Work Established

September 3, 2015

Well-Being

 

Management Society for Promoting Well-Being at Work Established

Koji Sakamoto, a professor at Hosei University Graduate School of Regional Poli...
 
The Pursuit of Economic Growth Requires a Balance between 'Yin' and 'Yang'

July 20, 2015

Newsletter

 

The Pursuit of Economic Growth Requires a Balance between 'Yin' and 'Yang'

The Institute for Studies in Happiness, Economy and Society (ISHES), with JFS ...
 
Nara City Enacts Child-Friendly City Ordinance

April 24, 2015

Education

 

Nara City Enacts Child-Friendly City Ordinance

Nara City in Nara Prefecture established the Child-friendly City Development O...
 
Fact or Fiction: Does Economic Growth Alleviate Joblessness and Poverty?

February 24, 2015

Steady-State Economy

 

Fact or Fiction: Does Economic Growth Alleviate Joblessness and Poverty?

Approximately 80% of Japanese people think that continued GDP growth is necess...
 
The Correlation Between the Sense of Well-Being and the Labor Market in Japan

February 7, 2015

Newsletter

 

The Correlation Between the Sense of Well-Being and the Labor Market in Japan

An interesting discussion on the characteristics of the Japanese people's subj...
 
Younger Generations Showing Lower Happiness Levels -- Caused by Stress from Work?

January 21, 2015

Well-Being

 

Younger Generations Showing Lower Happiness Levels -- Caused by Stress from Work?

According to a 2014 White Paper by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and ...
 
Kawasaki City Provides Employment Support to Welfare Recipients

January 17, 2015

Policy / Systems

 

Kawasaki City Provides Employment Support to Welfare Recipients

While the Japanese government increases welfare spending year after year, ther...
 
Study Project Begins Seeking Happy Local Communities

December 4, 2014

Well-Being

 

Study Project Begins Seeking Happy Local Communities

What factors are essential for local regions and their residents to be happy? ...
 
Thinking about Happiness at the Local Level: JFS Symposium Panel Discussion

June 17, 2014

Newsletter

 

Thinking about Happiness at the Local Level: JFS Symposium Panel Discussion

In fiscal 2013, Japan for Sustainability (JFS) worked on a Local Well-Being Pr...
 
Pursuing Local Economy and Well-Being in Ama Town, Shimane Prefecture

April 30, 2014

Newsletter

 

Pursuing Local Economy and Well-Being in Ama Town, Shimane Prefecture

One of Japan for Sustainability's (JFS) themes for fiscal 2013 was the "Local ...
 
Internet Media Company Conducts Survey on Happiness Levels of Japanese People

April 22, 2014

Well-Being

 

Internet Media Company Conducts Survey on Happiness Levels of Japanese People

Livesense Inc., an Internet media company with a business philosophy of "Happin...
 
Japan Ranks Sixth in Child Overall Well-being, but 21st in Material Well-being

April 10, 2014

Well-Being

 

Japan Ranks Sixth in Child Overall Well-being, but 21st in Material Well-being

National Institute of Population and Social Security Research in Japan publishe...
 
Japanese Women Still Struggle to Find Employment after Having Children, Cabinet Survey Shows

March 20, 2014

Well-Being

 

Japanese Women Still Struggle to Find Employment after Having Children, Cabinet Survey Shows

The Cabinet Office of Japan released the Work-Life Balance Report 2013 in Decem...
 
Survey Shows 60% Satisfied with Current Life, 70% Dissatisfied with Social Security

March 8, 2014

Well-Being

 

Survey Shows 60% Satisfied with Current Life, 70% Dissatisfied with Social Security

The Japanese Consumers' Cooperative Union released the results of its Social Se...
 
Review and Future Directions of JFS's Local Well-Being Project

February 27, 2014

Newsletter

 

Review and Future Directions of JFS's Local Well-Being Project

In 2013, JFS worked on the development of local indicators of well-being as on...
 
White Paper Addresses Creating Happy Homes by Sharing Household Chores

February 15, 2014

Well-Being

 

White Paper Addresses Creating Happy Homes by Sharing Household Chores

Tadaima! (meaning "I'm home" in Japanese), a non-profit organization, started d...
 
Unique Share Houses Emerging One after Another in Japan

January 31, 2014

Newsletter

 

Unique Share Houses Emerging One after Another in Japan

Unlike in the United States and other countries where sharing a room or house ...
 
Hyogo Prefecture's Long-Term Vision for the 21st Century and the 'Hyogo Well-being  Index'

January 5, 2014

Newsletter

 

Hyogo Prefecture's Long-Term Vision for the 21st Century and the 'Hyogo Well-being Index'

JFS launched its "Local Well-Being" Project, in April 2013, to focus on loc...
 
Kumamoto's Challenge to Maximize Citizens' Happiness --

December 24, 2013

Newsletter

 

Kumamoto's Challenge to Maximize Citizens' Happiness -- "Aggregate Kumamoto Happiness (AKH)"

Kumamoto Prefecture, located almost exactly in the center of Kyushu Island in...
 
Communication Support Application 'KoeTra' Released for the Hearing-Impaired

December 15, 2013

Well-Being

 

Communication Support Application 'KoeTra' Released for the Hearing-Impaired

The National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) rel...
 
Sharing Childcare Using Cell Phone at One Coin Charge

November 24, 2013

Well-Being

 

Sharing Childcare Using Cell Phone at One Coin Charge

AsMama Inc., a Japanese social entrepreneurship company established in November...
 
'Big Issue' Magazine Sold by Homeless People Marks 10th Anniversary

November 7, 2013

Well-Being

 

'Big Issue' Magazine Sold by Homeless People Marks 10th Anniversary

The Big Issue Japan magazine, a magazine sold by the homeless to financially...
 
Itochu to Ban Late Night Overtime and Encourage Morning-focused Working Style

October 31, 2013

Well-Being

 

Itochu to Ban Late Night Overtime and Encourage Morning-focused Working Style

Itochu Corp., a major Japanese trading company launched a new initiative on ...
 
Over 70% of Japanese Satisfied with Life for First Time in 18 Years, Survey Says

October 21, 2013

Well-Being

 

Over 70% of Japanese Satisfied with Life for First Time in 18 Years, Survey Says

The results of the Public Opinion Survey on the Life of the People, which were r...
 
Volunteers Using Point System to 'Bank' Hours in National Citizens' Network

October 20, 2013

Aging Society

 

Volunteers Using Point System to 'Bank' Hours in National Citizens' Network

The Nippon Active Life Club (NALC), a Japanese non-profit organization, has been...
 
Maternal and Child Health Handbook Spreading Around the World

September 27, 2013

Well-Being

 

Maternal and Child Health Handbook Spreading Around the World

Japan's Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Handbook, or Boshi Techo in Japanese...
 
 Arakawa City's 'Gross Arakawa Happiness' (GAH) Initiative Challenges GDP-Centric Thinking, Supports a Sustainable, Happier Community

September 24, 2013

Newsletter

 

Arakawa City's 'Gross Arakawa Happiness' (GAH) Initiative Challenges GDP-Centric Thinking, Supports a Sustainable, Happier Community

We are constantly offered opportunities in society to rethink the meaning...
 
Nagoya Offering Shared Housing Opportunities for City's Elderly

September 24, 2013

Aging Society

 

Nagoya Offering Shared Housing Opportunities for City's Elderly

The city of Nagoya launched a shared housing project for senior citizens in Dece...
 
Municipalities Across Japan Establish 'Happiness League'

August 29, 2013

Well-Being

 

Municipalities Across Japan Establish 'Happiness League'

Inaugural meeting of "Happiness League" Copyright Arakawa City All Rights Reser...
 
Survey Shows Link between People's Hopes for the Future and Childhood Reading Level

August 23, 2013

Well-Being

 

Survey Shows Link between People's Hopes for the Future and Childhood Reading Level

The National Institution for Youth Education (NIYE) in Japan, on February 2...
 
'Life Work Balance,' Together with Fellow Coworkers

August 22, 2013

Well-Being

 

'Life Work Balance,' Together with Fellow Coworkers

A non-profit company, Polaris, launched its businesses in August 2011 with ...
 
 JFS's Newest Challenge: The

August 6, 2013

Newsletter

 

JFS's Newest Challenge: The "Local Well-Being" Project

Background We often hear the word "sustainability" in use around the glo...
 
Local Community Cafe Opens in Saga City

July 18, 2013

Civil Society / Local Issues

 

Local Community Cafe Opens in Saga City

Self Management, a general foundation offering local supporting activities and p...
 
Japan's Annual Number of Suicides Dips below 30,000 in 2012

July 17, 2013

Well-Being

 

Japan's Annual Number of Suicides Dips below 30,000 in 2012

According to an announcement by the Japanese Cabinet Office on March 14, 2013, J...
 
Shopping District in Chichibu Promoting Mutual Assistance through 'Volunteer Bank'

July 15, 2013

Civil Society / Local Issues

 

Shopping District in Chichibu Promoting Mutual Assistance through 'Volunteer Bank'

The "Volunteer Bank: Otasuke-Tai ("Support Corps" in English)," which was organi...
 
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