The proportion of Japanese people who paid premiums for the country's public pension programs in fiscal 2012 rose 0.3 percentage point from the previous year to 59.0 pct, the first increase in seven years, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said Monday.
The improvement came as the ministry started in the year to send special notices to those who do not pay premiums for long periods that their assets would be seized if they continue refusing to make payments, according to ministry.
Japan will check the recent travel histories of all people arriving at international airports in the country to identify those who have visited Ebola-affected West African countries, the health ministry said Friday. (The Japan News)
The government said Friday it has chosen Nobel physics prize laureates Shuji Nakamura and Hiroshi Amano and five others as this year's winners of Japan's top cultural award, the Order of Culture. (Kyodo)