Jun 12, 2015

New growth strategy contains wide-ranging promises

The government’s proposed new growth strategy contains promises of everything from robotic transportation to making it easier for companies to fire their staff. Unveiled Thursday, the text is now subject to Cabinet approval. It includes the promotion of cutting-edge robotics technology as one solution ...

May 12, 2015

Three held over 'JK' schoolgirl exploitation in Tokyo

Tokyo police have arrested three people, including a 41-year-old shop owner, for providing sexually suggestive services involving high school girls in apparent violation of labor laws, investigation sources said. The shop offered so-called “JK” services in which underage girls would fold origami while posing ...

May 5, 2015

Australia chided over migrant labor abuse

Australia faced growing calls Tuesday to crackdown on the exploitation of migrants laboring in farms and factories after a television investigation claimed foreigners toiled in conditions akin to “slave labor.” Using footage from secret cameras, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation found migrants were being paid ...

Indonesia imposes Middle East maids ban after Saudi executions

May 5, 2015

Indonesia imposes Middle East maids ban after Saudi executions

Indonesia will stop sending new domestic workers to 21 Middle Eastern countries, reports said Tuesday, after the recent execution of two Indonesian women in Saudi Arabia angered Jakarta. The ban affects countries including Saudi Arabia — a major destination for Indonesian maids — the ...