National Topics

Nov 17, 2015

Suspect data reports keep lid on actual hours worked

Overwork is such an issue in Japan that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has vowed to fix it. He wants companies to reward productivity rather than long hours, and to create workplaces that allow men and women to finish on time and share the burden ...

Kyoto deals with 'garbage house' by force

Nov 13, 2015

Kyoto deals with 'garbage house' by force

The Kyoto Municipal Government enforced an ordinance Friday to deal with overflowing garbage at a resident’s house. After failing to persuade a man in his 50s to rid his house and an adjoining private road of mountains of garbage after meeting with him at ...