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Dec 11, 2015

Gifu assemblyman retracts jeer against gays

As the nation gradually addresses human rights issues involving sexual minorities, including whether to recognize same-sex unions as legitimate marriages, the changes are stirring a sense of crisis in some politicians. A member of the Gifu Prefectural Assembly held a news conference Friday to ...

Without safety net, foreign temp workers live on the edge

| Dec 4, 2015

Without safety net, foreign temp workers live on the edge

Among foreign migrant workers who travel to Japan in quest of a better life, a common narrative stands out — minimal wages, occupational instability, language barriers and an itinerant lifestyle. This is what many factory employees from everywhere from Peru to the Philippines learn ...