The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell for the second straight month to 3.8 percent in July, down 0.1 percentage point from the previous month, the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry said Friday.
The figure beat a median forecast of 3.9 percent by 24 economic institutes surveyed by Jiji Press.
The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said the ratio of effective job openings to job seekers stood at 0.94 in July after seasonal adjustment, up 0.2 point from the previous month. The gauge improved for the fifth consecutive month.
Trade chiefs from 12 countries involved in an ambitious Pacific free trade initiative started a three-day meeting Saturday in Sydney in a bid to make progress toward a U.S.-proposed goal of reaching a deal by year-end. (Kyodo)
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)