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Thirty-two percent of women living alone in Japan are in poverty.
In Japan, "poverty" is designated as those earning less than half of the median national income.
Those with less than 1.12 million yen ($14,424 USD) in disposable income are considered poor.
32% of women living alone between the ages of 20 and 64 fell into that category in 2010. For men, it was 25%.
Source: Kyodo News
According to Japan's Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry, the social cost of drinking alcohol is more than four trillion yen (5.1 billion US dollars) per year.
That figure includes: the cost of stroke, cancer, and injury victims; number of deaths; and wages lost.
Source: Yomiuri Shinbun
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