Among job-seeking university students who will graduate this spring, 81.7 percent had secured informal job offers as of Feb. 1, up 1.2 percentage points from a year before, a survey by the education and labor ministries showed Friday.
The rate rose for the second straight year, but was still short of levels before the global financial crisis triggered by the collapse of U.S. investment bank Lehman Brothers in September 2008.
The job-securing rate for new high school graduates who hope to enter the workforce this spring rose 1.9 points year on year to 88.3 percent as of Jan. 31, up for the third consecutive year, a separate survey by the labor ministry found.
The figure was above 90 percent in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima, the three northeastern prefectures hit hardest by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, on the back of strong reconstruction demand.
The estimated number of people who visited Japan in May jumped 31.2 pct from a year before to 875,400, topping 800,000 for the first time in the month, the Japan National Tourism Organization said Wednesday. (Jiji Press )
The number of people who committed suicide in Japan in 2012 was 27,858, dropping below 30,000 for the first time in 15 years, the Cabinet Office said in a white paper on Tuesday. The figure was 2,800 fewer than in 2011. (Japan Today )
A collection of materials related to a 17th century mission sent by a Japanese feudal lord to Europe and the world's oldest autographic diary left 10 centuries ago by a Japanese regent have been selected for the UNESCO Memory of the World registry, the Japanese education ministry said Wednesday. (Global Post )
Almost 1,500 people were transported to hospitals by ambulance due to heatstroke last week, up sharply from 942 in the preceding week, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said Tuesday. (Japan Times )
Among about 200,000 traffic signals nationwide, 16 percent are being used beyond the end of the expected lifetime of their electrical systems and some have even toppled over due to age, according to the National Police Agency. (Yomiuri )
In May, Akira Ikoma, the editor of a guide to men's entertainment called Ore no Tabi (My Journey), said that "Abenomics" had caused a spike in prices at high-end soapland bathhouses in Tokyo. However, the same editor tells Shukan Post (June 28) that the initiative is not impacting the low-end market in the same way. (Tokyo Reporter )