Natsuko Fukue

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Japanese bid for labor 'reform' revives 'karoshi' fears

May 24, 2015

Japanese bid for labor 'reform' revives 'karoshi' fears

Japan’s push to take away overtime from highly paid workers has critics warning it will aggravate a problem synonymous with its notoriously long working hours — karoshi, or death from overwork. Teruyuki Yamashita, 53, knows the risks all too well. He used to work ...

'Silver porn' shows 50 shades of graying Japan

Apr 1, 2015

'Silver porn' shows 50 shades of graying Japan

Dressed in a kimono and kneeling silently on a tatami mat floor, 61-year-old Yasue Tomita looks as if she might be about to perform a Japanese tea ceremony. Instead, she’s debuting as a porn actress. Fluttering her eyelashes demurely as the cameras prepare to ...

Media grill party chiefs in televised debate

| Dec 1, 2012

Media grill party chiefs in televised debate

With campaigning for the Lower House election set to kick off in a few days, the leaders of 11 parties gathered for a televised discussion Friday that saw most of the questions thrown at Liberal Democratic Party chief Shinzo Abe, whose party leads the ...

Nippon Ishin qualifies nuclear phaseout goal

| Nov 30, 2012

Nippon Ishin qualifies nuclear phaseout goal

Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party), the “third force” emerging as a serious challenger to the political status quo, unveiled a watered-down version of its election platform Thursday devoid of a definitive road map for phasing out nuclear power. Instead, the party merely ...

Ishihara talks up weapons exports as deterrent

| Nov 27, 2012

Ishihara talks up weapons exports as deterrent

Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) leader Shintaro Ishihara said Monday that Japan should produce arms for export overseas so its advanced military technology can act as a deterrent. “We should sell as many excellent weapons as possible . . . The technologies ...

Ishihara rattles saber against China

Nov 21, 2012

Ishihara rattles saber against China

Shintaro Ishihara, the new head of Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party), remained true to his China-hawk form Tuesday by saying Japan should “simulate” possessing nuclear arms as a deterrent to Beijing. Ishihara’s remark during a news conference at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club ...

Nov 16, 2012

Foes forced Noda to call dissolution

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda moved to dissolve the Lower House on Friday amid constant pressure from the opposition and also from Democratic Party of Japan members who wanted him to step down, but his gamble is unlikely to work in the ruling party’s favor. ...

Noda will schedule election for Dec. 16

Nov 15, 2012

Noda will schedule election for Dec. 16

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said Wednesday he plans to dissolve the Lower House on Friday and schedule the general election for Dec. 16. Noda made the offer in return for the opposition camp’s agreement to support an electoral reform bill submitted by his Democratic ...