Japan is one of the countries most affected by natural disasters, mainly due to it being in the Ring of Fire which is a major area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean where many earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur.
The country has gone through thousands of years of earthquakes, tsunamis, typhoons, floods and even volcanic eruptions, which in turn have affected its economy, development, and social life.
Japan has number of abandoned or vacant homes, known as "Akiya - 空き家", that has been increasing steadily since late 1970s. It’s a problem that’s set to persist because of an aging and shrinking population that has left many towns and villages empty.
By 2013, vacant homes accounted for 13.52% of total housing and there were calculated to be 8.196 million abandoned houses nationwide, according to latest data by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.
Japan has one of the best postal services in the world.
The approximately 24,000 post offices provide a range of postal services including the shipping of letters, parcels, post cards, postal orders and registered mail as well as banking and insurance services.
Small post offices are open from 09:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday, and are normally closed on weekends and national holidays.
However, larger post offices may stay open until 19:00 on weekdays and open for restricted times on weekends.