Jobs for everyone as key Japanese indicator tops 1.0

Japan’s ratio of jobs to applicants for regular workers in June rose to 1.01 on seasonally adjusted terms, up 0.02 point from May, according to data released Friday by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.

Tomomi Inada has been replaced as Japan’s defense minister after she stepped down to take responsibility for a controversy that has been swirling around her. (NHK)

Japan had more than one regular full-time job opening for every applicant on average — the first this has occurred since November 2004 when the government started collecting data. (Nikkei)

Toyota Motor said Friday that its global car sales between January and June grew 2.7% on the year to hit a new record. But the Japanese automaker has yet to regain the top spot it once held.

Hokkaido Prefectural Police have opened a criminal case in the disappearance of a female Chinese tourist in Sapporo last week, reports TV Asahi. (

Finance Minister Taro Aso said Friday the Japanese government will impose emergency tariffs on frozen beef from the United States and other regions, widely used in fast food, from August due to soaring shipments. (Japan Today)

The average life expectancy of Japanese men and women in 2016 reached record highs, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said Thursday. (Jiji)

Japan’s Environment Ministry says it has received a report of the country’s first case of an injury caused by the highly venomous fire ant. (NHK)

Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker Eriko Imai, a former member of popular girl band Speed, apologized on Thursday for her reported relationship with a married local assembly member. (Japan Times)

The death sentence given to a woman convicted of murdering two men in the western Japan prefecture of Tottori in 2009 is set to be finalized after the Supreme Court upheld lower court rulings Thursday. (Japan Today)

The Consumer Affairs Agency ordered Softbank Group Corp. on Thursday to take preventive measures after it ran dishonest online advertisements for Apple Watch smartwatches in violation of the law against misleading representation. (Japan Times)

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