Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

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Feb 2017
Feb 28
  • Medical devices (three items), in vitro diagnostics (one item), and regenerative medicine products (three items) designated based on the "priority review and designation system"~To promote the develoment of breakthrough medical devices, etc. in Japan~ (Japanese)
  • The 6th Council for the Promotion of the New Waterworks Vision to be held (Japanese)
  • Database of medical insurance health expenditures (Japanese)
  • Trends of recent medical care expenditure - MEDIAS - September 2016 (Japanese)
  • The status of Temporary Welfare Benefits for Elderly Persons, Temporary Welfare Benefits for FY2016 (a simple benefits package), and Temporary Welfare Benefits for Pensioners Receiving Disability Pension/Survivors' Pension is announced (Japanese)
  • Financial status of the late-stage medical care system for the elderly (The Association of Medical Care Services for Older Senior Citizens) in FY2015 (Preliminary data) (Japanese)
  • Financial status of National Health Insurance (Municipal governments) in FY2015 (Preliminary data) (Japanese)
  • Corrections to the General Survey on Working Conditions in (Japanese)
  • Overview of the General Survey on Working Conditions in 2016 (Japanese)
  • Summary Report of General Survey on Working Conditions (Japanese)
Feb 27
Feb 24
  • An informal meeting on food risk communication: "Measures for Keeping Food Safe~From Farms to Dining Tables!" to be held on Mar. 13th in Osaka and 27th in Tokyo. We are seeking participants.~ (Japanese)
  • Payment rates of national pension insurance premiums (as of the end of Dec. 2016) (Japanese)
  • Six new psychoactive substances are designated as "Shitei Yakubutsu (Designated Substances)"~A ministerial order for establishing the designated substances, etc., is promulgated~ (Japanese)
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  • The 7th Working Group Meeting to Discuss How the Support of the Municipal Governments Should Be to be held (Japanese)
  • Monthly report of Survey of Long-term Care Benefit Expenditures(Cases assessed on December 2016) (Japanese)
Feb 23
  • Six substances will be newly designated as "Shitei Yakubutsu (Designated Substances)" as a result of the deliberations of the Committee on Designated Substances held today (Japanese)
  • Alert for dietary supplements containing hidden drug ingredients (Japanese)
Feb 22
  • Consultation and report on the "draft outline of a Ministerial Order for Partial Revision of Industrial Safety and Health Regulations, etc."~An exceptional measure on installation of explosion doors, etc., among others, is scheduled to become effective starting this April~ (Japanese)
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  • The unofficial announcement of subsidies for the improvement of facilities for the medical care provision system (Earthquake-proofing Related Projects) in FY2016 (A Second Supplementary Budget) (Japanese)
  • The unofficial announcement of subsidies for the improvement of facilities for the medical care provision system in FY2016 (Japanese)
  • The fourth-stage implementation plan for the fund for improving health and hygiene facilities, etc. in FY2016 (Japanese)
  • The Handover Ceremony of the Remains of Japanese Detainees in Eastern New Guina (Japanese)
  • Dynamic Survey of Medical Institutions (preliminary data), Dec. 2016 (Japanese)
  • Final Report of Monthly Labour Survey, 2016 (Japanese)
  • Basic Survey on Wage Structure (English) (Japanese)
  • Final Report of Monthly Labour Survey December 2016 (English) (Japanese)
Feb 21
  • Request for recall of heated and electric therapy apparatuses for household use (heated mattresses) (Reminder) (Japanese)
  • Mr. Koji Matoba (a special supporter for "Prevent Hepatitis: It's Up to You") meets with the governor of Tochigi Prefecture(Japanese)
  • Prompt Vital Statistics Report, December 2016 (Japanese)
  • The National Meeting of Division Directors in Charge of Pharmaceutical Affairs in FY2016 to be held (Japanese)
  • Alert for dangerous drugs containing "Shitei Yakubutsu (Designated Substances)" (Japanese)
  • The delivery of documents containing personal data by mistake reported and apologized (Japanese)
  • The "Report of the Committee on Planninig Related to the Risk Assessment of Chemical Substances in FY2016" is released~ Reasonable to add nine substances to the Appended Table 9~ (Japanese)
Feb 20
  • The National Meeting of Division Directors in Charge of Environmental Health and Food Safety in FY2016 to be held (Japanese)
  • The 74th Codex Consultative Meeting to be held (Japanese)
  • Results of inspections on radionuclides in foods (1,021st announcement) (related to the TEPCO’s Fukushima nuclear power plant accident) (Japanese)
  • The 13th Meeting to Disccuss How Judicial Involvement in Child Abuse Cases and the Promotion of Special Adoption System Should Be to be held (Japanese)
  • An emergency order issued based on the Act on the Safety of Regenerative Medicine. (Japanese)
  • Replacement of the list of business operators ordered to discontinue specified worker dispatching undertakings for failing to report on the share of workers dispatched to their group companies (Japanese)
  • Licenses for general worker dispatching businesses are revoked and the discontinuance of specified worker dispatching businesses is ordered for business operators who failed to report on the share of workers dispatched to their group companies in accordance with the Worker Disapatching Act (Japanese)
  • Information on the Great East Japan Earthquake
Feb 17
  • Alert for the use of ThermaCool (Thermage) treatment tips (Japanese)
Feb 16
Feb 15
  • Six initiatives are initially selected to be "Good Initiatives Coming Out of Regions!" whose aim is to reinvigorate regions through, among others, industrial development and the development of skilled workers (Japanese)
  • The results of screening inspections for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) (up to Jan. 2017) (Japanese)
  • "The 10th Meeting to Discuss How New Foster Child Care Should Be" to be held (Japanese)
  • The 3rd Study Group Meeting for Drawing Up the "Points of the Employment Management for Job Transfers (a tentative name)" (Japanese)
  • Cancellation of restrictions on the distribution of foods based on the provision in Art 20 (2) of the Act on Special Measures concerning Nuclear Emergency Preparedness (based on the instructions of the Director-General of the Nuclear Emergency Response Headquarters) (Japanese)
  • Oral Health Symposium on "'Diet' and 'Dental and Oral Health' of Children and Adults" in FY2016 to be held (Japanese)
Feb 14
Feb 13
  • A tax withholding slip was sent to a wrong person by mistake (Japanese)
  • The 29th National Skills Grand Prix closes~The Prime Minister's Prizes are awarded to four participants including Mr. Kei Nakatani in the job category of dyeing color correction~ (Japanese)
  • Results of inspections on radionuclides in foods (1,020th announcement) (related to the TEPCO’s Fukushima nuclear power plant accident) (Japanese)
Feb 10
Feb 9
Feb 7
  • Monthly Vital Statistics Report (Preliminary data), September 2016 (Japanese)
  • The National Summit of Housing Assistance in FY2016 to be held  (Japanese)
  • "Toward Realization of an Inclusive, Community-based Society" (a provisional process of reform) is compiled (Japanese)
  • Results of the Survey on Public Health Nurses' Activity in FY2016 (Japanese)
  • Report on Social Welfare Administration and Services (Preliminary Data), Nov. 2016 (Japanese)
Feb 6
  • Alert for dangerous drugs containing narcotics and "Shitei Yakubutsu (Designated Substances)" (Japanese)
  • Results of inspections on radionuclides in foods (1,019th announcement) (related to the TEPCO’s Fukushima nuclear power plant accident) (Japanese)
  • The 180th Sectorial Committee on Equal Employment, Labor Policy Council to be held (Japanese)
  • The 12th Meeting to Disccuss How Judicial Involvement in Child Abuse Cases and the Promotion of Special Adoption System Should Be to be held (Japanese)
  • Information on the Great East Japan Earthquake
Feb 3
  • The 9th Expert Meeting on Children's Play Programs, etc. to be held(Japanese)
  • Information on the recovery and memorial services for Japanese war dead (Feb. 2017) (Japanese)
  • Release of documents provided by the Russian and other governments related to Japanese detainees (Addition of persons whose identifications are confirmed) (Japanese)
  • The second unofficial notification of appropriation of subsidies for the institution maintenance of social welfare facilities in FY2016 (Japanese)
  • Information on the Great East Japan Earthquake
Feb 2
Feb 1
  • Cancellation of restrictions on the distribution of foods based on the provision in Art 20 (2) of the Act on Special Measures concerning Nuclear Emergency Preparedness (based on the instructions of the Director-General of the Nuclear Emergency Response Headquarters) (Japanese)
  • Alert for counterfeit hepatitis C therapeutic drug, "Harvoni Combination Tablets" (The 4th report) (Japanese)
  • The 2nd Study Group Meeting for Drawing Up the "Points of the Employment Management for Job Transfers (a tentative name)"                 (Japanese)
  • The Handover Ceremony of the Remains of Japanese Detainees in Iwo Jima (Japanese)
  • Six prefectures are selected for the "Employment Creation Project for Regional Revitalization in FY2016"~To support projects for the creation of regular employment that ensures job security~ (Japanese)
  • Survey on Public Assistance Recipients (Preliminary data), Nov. 2016 (Japanese)
  • Information on the Great East Japan Earthquake

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Jan 2017
Jan 31
  • The status of Temporary Welfare Benefits for Elderly Persons, Temporary Welfare Benefits for FY2016 (a simple benefits package), and Temporary Welfare Benefits for Pensioners Receiving Disability Pension/Survivors' Pension is announced (Japanese)
  • The 6th ICF Symposium -Towards the Use of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF): Cases of ICF Use- (Japanese)
  • The Agreement between Slovakia and Japan on Social Security is signed (Japanese)
  • Results of inspections on radionuclides in foods (1,018th announcement) (related to the TEPCO’s Fukushima nuclear power plant accident) (Japanese)
  • Monthly Report on the Statistics of Production by Pharmaceutical Industry (Sept. 2016) (Japanese)
  • Announcement of successful applicants for the 28th Examination for Sign Language Interpreters (Japanese)
  • Monthly and Annual Reports on Employment Insurance Services (Japanese)
  • Employment referrals for general workers (December 2016) (English) (Japanese)
Jan 30
  • Designated courses on professional and practical educational training are announced ~ As of April 1, 2017, there are 190 courses designated to be covered by the payment of educational training benefits for professional and practical educational training ~ (Japanese)
  • Dynamic Survey of Medical Institutions (preliminary data), November 2016 (Japanese)
  • "A Symposium to learn about the MHLW-recognized 'In-Company Certification Examination' System~Towards the creation of a mechanism for sustainable human resources development" to be held on Feb. 16th~ (Japanese)
  • The logo for the "In-Company Certification Examination System" is decided~With the use of this logo, employers can appeal that their "in-company certiffication examinations" have the MHLW approval.~ (Japanese)
Jan 27
  • Revision of the amounts of pension benefits in FY2017 (Japanese)
  • A National Meeting of the Director-Generals of the Prefectural Labour Bureaus to be held (Japanese)
  • The amounts of national pension insurance premiums' advance payments in FY2017 (Japanese)
  • The 18th report on the status of enforcement of the Act on Special Provisions for Insurance Benefits and the Insurance Premium Payment for Employees' Pension Insurance (Japanese)
  • The 29th National Skills Grand Prix will open~Skilled workers compete for No. 1 position of "Skill" in Japan ~ (Japanese)
  • Payment rates of national pension insurance premiums (as of the end of Nov. 2016) (Japanese)
  • Status of reporting on the employment of foreign workers by employers (October 2016)~The number of foreign workers in Japan is about 1.08 million renewing a record high since the mandatory reporting was enforced~ (Japanese)
  • Monthly report of Survey of Long-term Care Benefit Expenditures(Cases assessed on November 2016) (Japanese)
Jan 26
  • Consultation and report on the "Outline of a Draft Ministerial Order for Amending the Ordinance on Prevention of Hazards Due to Specified Chemical Substances"~Prevention and early detection of bladder cancer, etc. are added to medical examination items related to "3,3'-Dichloro-4,4'-diaminodiphenylmethane" (abbreviated as "MOCA") (Japanese)
Jan 25
  • "The 5th Working Group Meeting on Ensuring Expertise of Child Family Welfare Staff" and "The 9th Meeting to Discuss How New Foster Child Care Should Be" to be held (Japanese)
  • The 6th Working Group Meeting to Discuss How the Support of the Municipal Governments Should Be to be held (Japanese)
  • Alert for counterfeit hepatitis C therapeutic drug, "Harvoni Combination Tablets" (The 3rd report) (Japanese)
Jan 24
  • The 2nd unofficial announcement of subsidies for improvement of facilities including improvement of space for community long-term care and welfare in FY2016 (Japanese)
  • Prompt Vital Statistics Report, November 2016 (Japanese)
  • Results of the "Survey on Efforts Made for Maintaining and Enhancing the Functions of Oral Cavity and Dysphagia Rehabilitation of the Elderly" are released (Japanese)
  • Trends of recent medical care expenditure - MEDIAS - Aug. 2016 (Japanese)
  • Information on the Great East Japan Earthquake
Jan 23
  • Results of inspections on radionuclides in foods (1,017th announcement) (related to the TEPCO’s Fukushima nuclear power plant accident) (Japanese)
  • Alert for counterfeit hepatitis C therapeutic drug, "Harvoni Combination Tablets" (The 2nd report) (Japanese)
  • "The 1st High-Level (The Director-General Level) Public-Private Policy Dialogue on Pharmaceutical Affairs" to be held (Japanese)
  • The 11th Meeting to Disccuss How Judicial Involvement in Child Abuse Cases and the Promotion of Special Adoption System Should Be to be held (Japanese)
  • A briefing on the final report on the "Panel Meeting on International Standardization of Food Hygiene Control" to be held (The Central Liaison Council for Promotion of the HACCP implementation in FY2016) (Japanese)
Jan 20
  • The 6th unofficial notification of appropriation of Subsidies for Improvement of Day-Care Centers in FY2016 (Japanese)
  • "A report on job openings, applications, and offers for recent high school and junior high school graduates" in FY2016 ~The job offer rate of high school graduates has increased by 1.2 point year on year to 87.0%. As of the end of November 2016.~ (Japanese)
  • The review of operation of Specific Health Checkups and Specific Health Guidance for the 3rd plan period (FY2018-FY2023) (A summary of discussion) (Japanese)
  • Announcement of year-end lump sum payments agreed upon by major private companies in 2016~The average amount agreed upon is 830,609 yen, 0.02% increase from the previous year~ (Japanese)
  • Final Report of Monthly Labour Survey November 2016 (English) (Japanese)
Jan 19
Jan 18
Jan 17
  • "An Intensive Campaign to Secure the Sufficient Number of Nursery Teachers" to be implemented~We will intensively take measures for securing enough nursery school teachers by the end of March. Measures include PR activities on improving their working conditions in order to promote nursery teachers currently not working in day-care centers, etc.~ (Japanese)
  • Results of supervision and guidance provided to workplaces suspected of long working hours practice are published (Japanese)
  • Cancellation of restrictions on the distribution of foods based on the provision in Art 20 (2) of the Act on Special Measures concerning Nuclear Emergency Preparedness (based on the instructions of the Director-General of the Nuclear Emergency Response Headquarters) (Japanese)
  • Alert for counterfeit hepatitis C therapeutic drug, "Harvoni Combination Tablets" (Japanese)
  • Report on Social Welfare Administration and Services (Preliminary data), Oct. 2016 (Japanese)
  • Information on the Great East Japan Earthquake
Jan 16
  • The results of simultaneous elections for Commissioned Welfare Volunteers and Child Welfare Volunteers in FY2016 (Japanese)
  • The status on the occurrence of occupational accidents in 2016 (Jan. 2017) (Japanese)
  • The status of implementation of after-school sound upbringing services (after-school children clubs) in 2016 (as of May 1, 2016) (Japanese)
  • The results of screening inspections for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) (up to Dec. 2016) (Japanese)
  • Revision of interest rates for environmental health business loans (Japanese)
  • Information on the Great East Japan Earthquake
Jan 13
  • Punishments of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare personnel involved in the case of improper accounting practice in connection with the researching of documents produced in foreign countries (Japanese)
  • "Seeds and Needs Matching Meetings 2016" to be held under the Project for Promoting the Development of Welfare Devices for Supporting the Independence of Persons with Disabilities~On Thursday, January 19th in Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture, and on Friday, February 3rd in Koto Ward, Tokyo~ (Japanese)
  • Information on the recovery and memorial services for Japanese war dead (January 2017) (Japanese)
  • Hospital Report (Preliminary data), September 2016 (Japanese)
  • Public opinions solicited regarding realization of "working-style reform" (Japanese)
  • Information on the Great East Japan Earthquake
Jan 12
  • A singer Ms. Rimi Natsukawa (a special supporter for "Prevent Hepatitis: It's Up to You") meets the Vice Governor of Okinawa (Japanese)
  • Transmission of documents containing personal data by mistake reported and apologized (Japanese)
Jan 11
  • Survey on Public Assistance Recipients (Preliminary Data), Oct. 2016 (Japanese)
Jan 10
  • Results of inspections on radionuclides in foods (1,015th announcement) (related to the TEPCO’s Fukushima nuclear power plant accident) (Japanese)
  • The 3rd Meeting to Discuss the Survey on the Number of Wait-listed Children for Day-Care Centers to be held (Japanese)
  • Monthly Vital Statistics Report (Preliminary Data), Aug. 2016 (Japanese)
  • The 73rd Codex Consultative Meeting to be held (Japanese)
  • Information on the Great East Japan Earthquake
Jan 6
  • The national meetings of department and bureau directors in charge of health, labour and welfare in FY2016 to be held (Japanese)
  • Consultation and report on the "Outline of a Bill to Partially Amend the Employment Insurance Act, etc." (Japanese)
  • Informal meetings on food risk communication: "To Consider How Inspections on Radionuclides in Foods Should Be" to be held on Jan. 30 in Fukushima, Feb. 2nd in Tokyo, and Feb. 17th in Osaka. We are seeking participants. (Japanese)
  • The 10th Meeting to Disccuss How Judicial Involvement in Child Abuse Cases and the Promotion of Special Adoption System Should Be to be held (Japanese)
  • The 9th Trilateral Meeting on Yusho Disease ("Oil Symptoms") to be held (Japanese)
  • Publication of documents related to Japanese internees provided by the Russian and other governments (Additionally identified persons, etc. are posted) (Japanese)
  • Information on the Great East Japan Earthquake
Jan 5
  • Twitter account on food safety information starts to operate! Information on food safety alerts about foodborne illness outbreaks, etc. to be speedily disseminated from @Shokuhin_ANZEN~ (Japanese)
  • "The 8th Meeting to Discuss How New Foster Child Care Should Be" to be held (Japanese)
  • Results of inspections on radionuclides in foods (1,014th announcement) (related to the TEPCO’s Fukushima nuclear power plant accident) (Japanese)
Jan 4
  • The 1st Study Group Meeting for Drawing Up the "Points of the Employment Management for Job Transfers (a tentative name)" (Japanese)

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