Sep 9, 2014

Gambia lawmakers pass bill to jail gays for life

Gambia’s National Assembly has passed a bill imposing life imprisonment for some homosexual acts, officials said Monday, potentially worsening the climate for sexual minorities in a country with one of Africa’s most vocal anti-gay leaders. The bill amending the criminal code was passed last ...

Feb 28, 2014

Retail electricity market bills passed

The government approved bills Friday that will set the stage for Japan to move ahead with liberalization of the retail electricity market, something that has largely been dominated by regional monopolies over the past 60 years. The liberalization of the market for households and ...

Uganda's president signs anti-gay bill

Feb 25, 2014

Uganda's president signs anti-gay bill

Uganda’s president on Monday signed a controversial anti-gay bill that has harsh penalties for homosexual sex, saying the bill is necessary because “arrogant and careless Western groups” had tried to “recruit” Ugandan children into homosexuality. President Yoweri Museveni signed the bill at his official ...

Nov 4, 2013

Bill to seek prevention of 'karoshi'

A nonpartisan group of Diet members has outlined a bill that would require the government to draw up steps to prevent death from overwork, otherwise known as “karoshi,” sources said. The lawmakers, mainly from the Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner, New Komeito, ...

Oct 15, 2013

Cabinet approves bill to bolster industrial competitiveness

The Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe approved a bill Tuesday to urge companies to promote realignment and capital investment during a five-year period from the current fiscal year. The bill to enhance industrial competitiveness, aimed at facilitating the growth strategies of the Abe ...

Sep 21, 2013

Hospitals may be forced to hand cancer patient information to state

A nonpartisan group of Diet lawmakers has drafted a bill that would oblige hospitals to provide the state with cancer patients’ personal information, including their condition, in an effort to improve treatment quality, sources said Saturday. The group, which includes members of the ruling ...

Fujiwara breaks TV taboo, slams secrets bill

Sep 18, 2013

Fujiwara breaks TV taboo, slams secrets bill

by Magdalena Osumi

Norika Fujiwara has broken an unwritten rule of the television business: sharing her political views. The popular model and actress has come out against a bill that stiffens penalties against civil servants who leak classified information. Writing on her website, Fujiwara, 42, said passing ...