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Jul 14, 2014

Nursing firm withheld funds from Filipino workers

A Japanese nursing care service provider that obliged Filipino employees to absolve the company of any responsibility for their deaths also illegally withheld some of their monthly salaries, sources said. Juju Corp. appears to have set aside the cash as reserves in case loans ...

Benesse theft traced to temp worker ID at database managing firm

Jul 13, 2014

Benesse theft traced to temp worker ID at database managing firm

Customer information apparently stolen from a group company of Benesse Holdings Inc., Japan’s largest provider of correspondence education for children, was taken using the ID of a contractor, company sources said. Records showed that the information was downloaded by a systems engineer who was ...

Jul 12, 2014

Benesse client data may have been stolen via database subcontractor

Large amounts of information on customers of Benesse Corp., the nation’s largest provider of correspondence education for children, may have been leaked from a database management subcontractor of an affiliate, sources said Friday. Someone with ties to a subcontractor authorized to access Benesse’s customer ...

68 stores undergo 'dappo' drug checks in Tokyo

Jul 10, 2014

68 stores undergo 'dappo' drug checks in Tokyo

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government on Thursday inspected 68 outlets known for selling “dappo” (loophole) drugs, which are not technically illegal but cause effects similar to illegal drugs. The inspections came after a revised ordinance took effect July 1 to prevent the abusive use of ...

Jul 10, 2014

Consultancy, three officials face bribery charges in Vietnam aid project

Prosecutors filed charges Thursday against a Tokyo-based consultancy and three of its officials for allegedly bribing Vietnam Railways officials for favors in conjunction with a Japan-funded project in Hanoi. The suspects, including Tamio Kakinuma, 65, former president of Japan Transportation Consultants Inc., were charged ...