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Baby boomers becoming gray gang

May 27, 2014

Baby boomers becoming gray gang

by Sawako Obara

As the last of Japan’s baby boomers turn 65 this year and retire, many are taking low-paid or voluntary work to get them out of the house — a trend that could have broad-reaching effects. The transition came later than expected as many workers ...

May 20, 2014

Local governments push 'karoshi' bill

More than 100 prefectural and municipal assemblies across Japan are backing a bill now in the Diet that is aimed at preventing “karoshi” (death from overwork) and suicide caused by overwork. The bill stipulates that the country as a whole is responsible for such ...

Exhibition focuses  on visually impaired

Apr 29, 2014

Exhibition focuses on visually impaired

by Keiji Hirano

A unique exhibition is underway at a human rights educational facility in Tokyo focusing on how to guarantee the “right to read” of people with visual impairments. The around 100 items on display at the Tokyo Metropolitan Human Rights Promotion Center include embossed art ...