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Japan Inc. giving workers disability training

May 31, 2016

Japan Inc. giving workers disability training

A growing number of companies are requiring their employees to learn how to interact with the elderly and people with disabilities. In many cases, the skill set is being added to staff training programs. Many companies are requiring workers to obtain a certificate, in ...

May 30, 2016

Many major cities cautious on centers to fight child abuse

Thirty-five of Japan’s 47 core cities with populations of at least 200,000 are cautious about setting up consultation centers specialized in child abuse, citing financial constraints and lack of trained personnel, according to a Jiji Press survey. Meanwhile, 15 of Tokyo’s 23 wards are ...

Diet passes Japan's first law to curb hate speech

May 24, 2016

Diet passes Japan's first law to curb hate speech

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Japan’s first anti-hate speech law passed the Diet on Tuesday, marking a step forward in the nation’s long-stalled efforts to curb racial discrimination. But the legislation has been dogged by skepticism, with critics slamming it as philosophical at best and toothless window dressing at ...

May 19, 2016

Fukui Prefecture plans tax on spent nuclear fuel

The Fukui Prefectural Government is planning to submit an ordinance to an assembly session next month that calls for a tax on spent nuclear fuel stored at nuclear plants in the prefecture, informed sources said Thursday. The ordinance is aimed at encouraging nuclear plant ...