The Bank of Japan upgraded its economic assessments for eight of the country's nine regions in a quarterly report released Thursday, reflecting improvements in business and consumer sentiment thanks to the yen's weakening and rises in stock prices.
It was the first time in three years and nine months that the Bank of Japan has revised up its economic assessments for at least eight regions for two straight quarters. In its previous report, the central bank upgraded its assessments for all nine regions.
The latest report said that the economy "has been picking up" in the Hokkaido, Hokuriku, Kanto-Koshinetsu, Tokai and Kyushu-Okinawa regions, "has been picking up moderately" in the Kinki region, "has been picking up moderately as a whole" in the Chugoku region and "has begun to pick up" in the Shikoku region.
The number of people aged 65 or older in Japan comes to a record 32.96 million as of Monday, accounting for an all-time high of 25.9 pct of the nation's total population, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications estimated Sunday. (Jiji Press)
The Asahi Shimbun, under fire for erroneous reports on Japan's wartime military brothels and the testimony of the late chief of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, revealed Sunday yet another scandal, saying it fabricated an interview with the president of Nintendo Co. (Kyodo)
Police in Saitama Prefecture said Saturday they are questioning a 44-year-old man over an incident on Sept 8 in which a visually-impaired high school girl was kicked in the leg from behind near JR Kawagoe Station. (Japan Today)
Police in Saitama said Friday they have charged a 67-year-old man with assault after he cut a 41-year-old woman with a pair of scissors during a failed robbery attempt in a building parking lot. (Japan Today)
Police say the former manager of actress Makiko Esumi, 47, claims he was not acting on her orders when he spray painted graffiti on the home of former baseball star and actor Kazushige Nagashima, 48. (Japan Today)