More men turning to homemaking

Feb 17, 2011

More men turning to homemaking

As public perceptions of traditional gender roles shift, more Japanese men are willing to take on homemaking. Some opinion polls show most males in their 20s and 30s have no negative notions of men serving as househusbands. Working around the house instead of holding ...

More firms let staff take leave to chase their dreams

Dec 21, 2010

More firms let staff take leave to chase their dreams

While it is not uncommon for Japanese firms to let workers take leave to start a family or care for an ailing relative, a growing number of firms are instituting measures to assist employee efforts to pursue personal aspirations. Companies are trying to fulfill ...

Jul 22, 2010

Mayor champions paternity leave

Months before a legal change to promote paternity leave takes effect, one local authority stunned the public by taking about two weeks off work in April to look after his newborn son. The move by Hironobu Narisawa, the 44-year-old mayor of Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo, ...

Jan 30, 2010

Abuse of elderly up, said often unintended

Abuse of elderly people has been increasing physically, psychologically, economically and in neglect of required nursing care. Some families also do not understand what dementia is and become victimizers. One one incident in which a neighbor reported apparent abuse to a local government, an ...

Aug 27, 2008

Indonesia caregivers land contracts

The 205 Indonesian caregivers who arrived in Japan this month have contracted with 98 institutions, including hospitals and nursing facilities in 34 prefectures, and plan to begin work in January or February after undergoing six months of language training. The first batch of Indonesian ...

Jul 11, 2003

Nonpayment of pension premiums puts agency in a bind

With the public pension system slated for revision next year, the Social Insurance Agency is desperate to restore people’s trust in it. That is because the system faces being hollowed out due to a sharp rise in the number of pension scheme members paying ...

Apr 16, 2003

Welfare facilities creak under rising tide of abused kids

Facilities providing shelter to children unable to live at home are in crisis, with an influx of abused youngsters pushing occupancy rates to the limit and caregivers walking out due to the unbearable workload. “Facilities everywhere are full, and we will have to find ...