Chinese workers emboldened by strikes

Apr 7, 2015

Chinese workers emboldened by strikes

by Didi Tang

Timid by nature, Shi Jieying took a risk last month and joined fellow workers in a strike at her handbag factory, one of a surging number of such labor protests across China. Riot police flooded into the factory compound, broke up the strike and ...

Magazines fixate on the roots of poverty

| Apr 4, 2015

Magazines fixate on the roots of poverty

by Mark Schreiber

The oft-seen expression ichioku sō-chūryū translates roughly as “the perception of ‘the 100 million,’ i.e., the entire nation, as belonging to the middle class.” This perception was never meant to be all-inclusive — certainly Japan has individuals with extreme wealth and others who suffer ...

Fund in the works to reduce child poverty

Apr 3, 2015

Fund in the works to reduce child poverty

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced a fund to help alleviate child poverty Thursday, in a country where one in six children is classified as poor. The move follows a law passed by the Diet last year aimed at tackling an issue that critics say ...

Mar 26, 2015

European nations sign world's first organ trafficking treaty

Fourteen European nations signed Wednesday in Spain the first ever international treaty to fight human organ trafficking, a business that generates over 1 billion dollars in illegal profits worldwide every year. The agreement would make it illegal to take organs from people living or ...