Movements and initiatives to pursue intrinsic happiness are emerging and spreading across Japan. We can see examples of people trying to measure happiness and genuine affluence, instead of just gross domestic products, and to emphasize the quality of life more in community planning. This section introduces initiatives to develop local "happiness indices" and efforts to create a society pursuing intrinsic well-being.
Nov 30, 2016
In Japan, five to eight million tons of food products are disposed of annually...
Nov 27, 2016
The Japanese Cabinet Office released the Annual Report on the Aging Society 201...
Oct 10, 2016
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
Sep 30, 2016
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
Sep 8, 2016
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
Apr 21, 2016
There are many initiatives providing food to people in need in both developing...
Future Vision of Economic Growth and Sustainable Society
Mar 16, 2016
Mariko Kawaguchi, chief researcher at Daiwa Institute of Research, Ltd., analy...
Finding Balance between the Two Extremes of Economic Growth and Happiness
Dec 12, 2015
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
Nov 20, 2015
Nagakute, in Aichi Prefecture, has been actively promoting efforts proposed by...
Management Society for Promoting Well-Being at Work Established
Sep 3, 2015
Koji Sakamoto, a professor at Hosei University Graduate School of Regional Poli...
The Pursuit of Economic Growth Requires a Balance between 'Yin' and 'Yang'
Jul 20, 2015
The Institute for Studies in Happiness, Economy and Society (ISHES), with JFS ...
Nara City Enacts Child-Friendly City Ordinance
Apr 24, 2015
Nara City in Nara Prefecture established the Child-friendly City Development O...
Fact or Fiction: Does Economic Growth Alleviate Joblessness and Poverty?
Feb 24, 2015
Approximately 80% of Japanese people think that continued GDP growth is necess...

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