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Female entrepreneurship in the Japanese economy

Due to the internet penetration and growth in Japan, women have been encouraged to start e-businesses. Previous posts on BT talks about the dire situation that some Japanese (and foreign women) find in Japan’s job market. Could the article below be the ticket to prosperity and freedom? Japan Inc. Magazine: While the financial crisis is prompting… Keep Reading


Where have all the ladies gone?

The Mainichi reports that Japan’s population has fallen for the first time in three years, with a decrease in the female population for the first time since 1950, government statistics based on national census figures showed. According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, the number of females dropped to 65.441 million as of… Keep Reading


Japan commissions Hyuga helicopter carrier

   Here is a follow-up to my previous posts on Japan Rising in the Asia-Pacific. The Hyuga is in the same weight range of the European “Harrier carriers” and can be an effective platform for fixed-wing aircraft. As Harold C. Hutchison “In essence, Japan will have a ship about the size of the vessels that were the centerpiece of the British… Keep Reading


Marriage rate for non-regular employees half that of regular employees

  Single males in non-regular employment have a much lower marriage rate than that of regular employees, a government survey has shown. Moreover, the birth rate is lower among female non-regular workers than their regularly-employed peers, according to the survey. The results of the survey conducted by the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry suggest that… Keep Reading


Homeless population totals 15,759

Officially, Japan had 15,759 homeless people as of January, almost unchanged from a year earlier, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said Monday. The figure has declined since 25,296 were recorded in the first study in 2003, falling to 18,564 in 2007 and to 16,018 last year, but the downward trend seems to have ended… Keep Reading



Everyone is probably familiar with the word ninja but not many have heard of kunoichi, the female ninja. The term is thought to derive from the names of characters that resemble the three strokes in the kanji character for woman (女, onna); said in the order they are written: ku (く) – no (ノ) –ichi (一). Zen offers something he learned about kunoichi in Japan. I… Keep Reading

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