Well-Being

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

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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...
 
Hokkaido Earns Highest Score in Environmental Satisfaction Ratings: Survey on Environmental Awareness and Local Environment

June 25, 2013

Well-Being

 

Hokkaido Earns Highest Score in Environmental Satisfaction Ratings: Survey on Environmental Awareness and Local Environment

Japan Post Insurance Co., an insurance company of the Japan Post Group, rel...
 
CollaVol: Social Volunteer Platform for Donating Time

June 2, 2013

Well-Being

 

CollaVol: Social Volunteer Platform for Donating Time

"Donating just a few hours of your time" is a form of volunteering made pos...
 
Over Half of People Expect To Be 'Better Off' in 13 of 14 Asian Cities in Survey

May 31, 2013

Well-Being

 

Over Half of People Expect To Be 'Better Off' in 13 of 14 Asian Cities in Survey

According to the seventh "Global HABIT" report issued on February 15, 2013,...
 
 Coworking -- A New Working Style for Connecting People

May 7, 2013

Newsletter

 

Coworking -- A New Working Style for Connecting People

We are now living in an era when we can work anywhere, just by using our...
 
Citizens in Shiga Prefecture Propose 'Smile Index' as Measure of Well-being

April 18, 2013

Well-Being

 

Citizens in Shiga Prefecture Propose 'Smile Index' as Measure of Well-being

A group of citizens in Shiga Prefecture in Japan announced in December 2012 ...
 
Japanese Cabinet Certifies Six Best Practices for Promoting Work-Life Balance

April 11, 2013

Well-Being

 

Japanese Cabinet Certifies Six Best Practices for Promoting Work-Life Balance

The Japanese Cabinet Office selected six best practices for improving work-life ...
 
Hosei Graduate School Releases Prefectural Rankings on Well-being

March 21, 2013

Well-Being

 

Hosei Graduate School Releases Prefectural Rankings on Well-being

Professor Koji Sakamoto of the Hosei Graduate School of Regional Policy Design a...
 
 Creating Well-being Indicators of Japan, by Japan, for Japan

March 5, 2013

Newsletter

 

Creating Well-being Indicators of Japan, by Japan, for Japan

Movements to measure progress not only by Gross Domestic Product (GDP) but al...
 
New Japanese Web Site to Offer Platform for Freelancers, Hobbyists to Sell Services

December 17, 2012

Well-Being

 

New Japanese Web Site to Offer Platform for Freelancers, Hobbyists to Sell Services

WelSelf Inc., a Japanese web development and management company, released in...
 
Software Developer's 'Ultra Work' Trial Uses Cloud Network to Free Employees of Time and Place

December 12, 2012

Well-Being

 

Software Developer's 'Ultra Work' Trial Uses Cloud Network to Free Employees of Time and Place

Cybozu Inc., a Japanese company that develops and sells software for the Interne...
 
Survey Identifies Key Elements of a Friendly Workplace

October 29, 2012

Well-Being

 

Survey Identifies Key Elements of a Friendly Workplace

Mizuho Information & Research Institute, Inc. released on July 19, 2012, th...
 
12th Telework Promotion Award Winners Announced, Microsoft Japan Wins Chairman's Award

July 31, 2012

Well-Being

 

12th Telework Promotion Award Winners Announced, Microsoft Japan Wins Chairman's Award

The Japan Telework Association announced the companies, organizations, and one i...
 
More People Are 'Deeply Moved' and 'Heartily Appreciative' Than Pre-Quake

November 2, 2011

Well-Being

 

More People Are 'Deeply Moved' and 'Heartily Appreciative' Than Pre-Quake

Hakuhodo Inc., an integrated advertising agency, disclosed on 28 June 2011 the r...
 
Over 50% of Japanese Say Japan is a Favorable Place to Raise Children, Gov't Survey Shows

October 16, 2011

Well-Being

 

Over 50% of Japanese Say Japan is a Favorable Place to Raise Children, Gov't Survey Shows

According to the results of the International Opinion Survey on a Low Birth...
 
Survey Says March Disaster Increased Time Spent with Family, Neighbors

September 29, 2011

Well-Being

 

Survey Says March Disaster Increased Time Spent with Family, Neighbors

Nippon Research Center Ltd., a private research and study organization in Japan,...
 
Fujitsu, Arkray Launch Mobile Phone Service to Support Diabetics

August 16, 2011

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Fujitsu, Arkray Launch Mobile Phone Service to Support Diabetics

Fujitsu Limited, a major electronics manufacturer, and Arkray Inc., a clinical t...
 
Number of Japanese Centenarians Now Exceeds 30,000

January 14, 2008

Well-Being

 

Number of Japanese Centenarians Now Exceeds 30,000

For the first time in Japan's history, the number of people aged 100 years and o...
 
Eighteen Thousand Children Still on Waiting List for Nursery Schools

December 31, 2007

Well-Being

 

Eighteen Thousand Children Still on Waiting List for Nursery Schools

Japan's Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare released on September 7, 2007, a ...
 
Study: Is Economic Wealth Linked with Happiness?

September 22, 2007

Well-Being

 

Study: Is Economic Wealth Linked with Happiness?

The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) of the Cabinet Office of Japan...
 
Japanese Loneliest Advanced-Nation Children

July 15, 2007

Well-Being

 

Japanese Loneliest Advanced-Nation Children

The UNICEF Innocenti Research Center released its Report Card No. 7 in February ...
 
Nearly half of Japanese Fathers Short of Time with Kids

December 18, 2006

Well-Being

 

Nearly half of Japanese Fathers Short of Time with Kids

About 40 percent of Japanese fathers have problems securing time with their chil...
 
Japan Plans to Reduce Annual Suicides by 25% within 10 Years

April 23, 2006

Well-Being

 

Japan Plans to Reduce Annual Suicides by 25% within 10 Years

At present, Japan has in excess of 30,000 suicides a year, making the suicide ra...
 
Forests Found Effective in Boosting Anti-Cancer Cells

February 1, 2006

Well-Being

 

Forests Found Effective in Boosting Anti-Cancer Cells

The Forestry Agency of Japan, the Forestry and Forest Products Research Institut...
 
Mental Health Problems Growing in Majority of Firms

August 22, 2005

Well-Being

 

Mental Health Problems Growing in Majority of Firms

The number of employees suffering from mental health disorders is on the rise in...
 
New Personnel Service Provides Workers for Universities

June 17, 2005

Education

 

New Personnel Service Provides Workers for Universities

Responding to changing needs of society and universities, Kantou Employment Crea...
 
Policies Can Boost Japan's Birthrate to 2 Children per Woman: OECD

June 15, 2005

Well-Being

 

Policies Can Boost Japan's Birthrate to 2 Children per Woman: OECD

Japan's birthrate could be boosted from the current 1.3 to a level around two ch...
 
Over 70% of Single Women Happily Unmarried

June 7, 2005

Well-Being

 

Over 70% of Single Women Happily Unmarried

Over 70 percent of single women in Japan are satisfied with their lives, accordi...
 
Physiological Tests Confirm Therapeutic Effects of 'Forest Bathing'

February 15, 2005

Ecosystems / Biodiversity

 

Physiological Tests Confirm Therapeutic Effects of 'Forest Bathing'

The Japanese language has a special term called 'shinrinyoku,' or 'forest bathin...
 
Japan's Centenarians Hit Record High of 23,308

January 2, 2005

Well-Being

 

Japan's Centenarians Hit Record High of 23,308

The number of Japanese people aged 100 or over has reached 23,038, an increase o...
 
'Candle Night' to Spread Worldwide on Summer Solstice 2004

June 16, 2004

Well-Being

 

'Candle Night' to Spread Worldwide on Summer Solstice 2004

The call to join the "Candle Night--Summer Solstice 2004" is spreading across Ja...
 
Forestry Agency to Explore Soothing Effect of Forests

May 4, 2004

Ecosystems / Biodiversity

 

Forestry Agency to Explore Soothing Effect of Forests

The Forestry Agency of Japan will launch a study on the positive effects of fore...
 
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