Apr 15, 2014

Flawed foreign labor plan

The Abe administration's sudden plan to use participants in a controversial foreign trainee program to fill manpower shortages in the nation's construction industry smacks of a ploy that benefits only Japan. The government must first consider how these workers' rights will be protected as ...

Kin sue over tsunami deaths of 23 kids at Miyagi school

Mar 10, 2014

Kin sue over tsunami deaths of 23 kids at Miyagi school

The relatives of 23 elementary school students killed in the March 2011 tsunami in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, filed a lawsuit Monday blaming the city and prefecture for the school’s failure to evacuate them to higher ground. In the lawsuit, filed at the Sendai District ...

Jan 24, 2014

Japan to expand number of alien workers in construction sector

Cabinet ministers discussed Friday how to raise the number of foreigners in the construction sector to ease a serious labor shortage caused by the rise in public works spending under the “Abenomics” stimulus policy, officials said. Ministers present at the meeting included Chief Cabinet ...

Shinkansen tested on Hokuriku line for '15 opening

Dec 2, 2013

Shinkansen tested on Hokuriku line for '15 opening

A test run was carried out Monday in the newly built Hokuriku Shinkansen Line — an extension of the Nagano Shinkansen Line — that will begin operations in spring 2015, linking the cities of Nagano and Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture. The test run came 40 ...

Dec 1, 2013

Contractors shunning low-paying work renovating older hospitals

Twenty-five national hospitals opened bids for rehabilitating their old buildings between April and September, but 21 were unable to find successful bidders because contractors are reluctant to accept low-cost orders due to labor shortages and rising personnel costs, according to the National Hospital Organization. ...

National Stadium plan hit as too grandiose

| Nov 25, 2013

National Stadium plan hit as too grandiose

by Masaaki Kameda

The new National Stadium planned for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics has come under the spotlight due to its huge size and massive costs, and for a design critics say doesn’t fit in with its surroundings. Following are questions and answers regarding construction of the ...

China tycoon at home in his castles

Nov 16, 2013

China tycoon at home in his castles

by Tom Hancock

As the greatest urbanization drive in history swells China’s cities with ranks of look-alike apartment blocks, one culinary businessman is indulging his architectural appetite with a visual feast of extravagant, outlandish castles. “I don’t have any hobbies, except for planting trees and building castles,” ...

Builders face lack of young workers

Oct 23, 2013

Builders face lack of young workers

As Japan seeks to rebuild disaster-hit regions and gears up to build new facilities for the 2020 Summer Olympics, its construction industry finds itself short of new workers mainly as a result of shrinking construction investment since 2000. Young people’s reluctance to accept physically ...

London 'fryscraper' glare melts cars

Sep 4, 2013

London 'fryscraper' glare melts cars

A British property developer said Tuesday it was investigating after sun rays reflected from its half-finished London skyscraper melted parts of several cars, including a luxury Jaguar. Londoners have been shielding their eyes from the blinding glare bouncing off 20 Fenchurch St. — nicknamed ...