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Setting a living wage

The ¥16 hike in Japan's average minimum hourly wage to ¥780, which an advisory panel has recommended to the labor minister, fails to offset the rising costs of living and hardly strengthens the safety net for the growing ranks of irregular workers.

Tiny progress in interrogations

The National Police Agency says its investigators electronically recorded the entire interrogation process in nearly 1 percent of the cases set for lay judge trials in fiscal 2013. For critics of past investigative abuses that led to the filing of false charges, this is ...