Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is aiming to have women fill about a third of management positions with by 2020. A report by the World Economic Forum however, shows that there's still some distance to that goal with Japan ranking at 111 out of 144 countries on gender equality.
Earnings are improving, but persistent economic concerns continue to cast a shadow on Japan's retail sector.
The outgoing US president should get credit for managing sensitivities, says Yonsei University professor John Delury.
President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to scrap many of Barack Obama's policies, but there is at least one legacy that will not be forgotten - Obama's historic visit to the Japanese city of Hiroshima.
Thousands packed a 1,300-year-old Shinto shrine in downtown Tokyo on Wednesday, the first official working day of 2017 in Japan, to pray for good luck and economic success in the new year.
People aged 65 and above now account for around a quarter of the total Japanese population. Many of them live alone and a large number relies on social welfare, says Channel NewsAsia's Japan Bureau Chief.
Although there are more than a million trained care workers in Japan, many do not stay long on the job. One public elderly institute hopes that some will choose to continue working at the center when they graduate.
More than a quarter of Japan’s population is over the age of 65. With fewer children to take care of their elderly parents and relatives, there is rising demand for care facilities. Our Japan Bureau Chief Michiyo Ishida visits a typical institute, which provides a wide range of services for the elderly.
A depreciating yen since Trump's win, and more interest rate hikes from the Fed are poised to work in Japan's favour. But a rapidly ageing population could rock the boat.