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.
Today, more and more elderly people or people with disability are traveling in Japan.
Japan has put into force a law to ensure accessibility at many places throughout the country. Organizations at different levels such as the Japanese government, local authorities and NPOs have worked on the development of an accessible travel environment for everyone including people with disabilities and special needs.