Mar 20, 2011

Economic gloom impacts wage talks

Difficult economic conditions caused by the 3/11 disasters, the floods in Thailand, prolonged deflation, the strong yen and the sovereign debt crises in Europe have cast a shadow over this year’s annual wage negotiations. Although the Japanese Trade Union Confederation (Rengo), Japan’s largest labor ...

Mar 1, 2011

Support the child allowance

A bill to continue the child allowance in fiscal 2011 is facing obstruction from the opposition parties. If the bill is killed, it will create great confusion for local governments and families. The basic concept behind the allowance that society as a whole should ...

Feb 13, 2011

Discovering new authors

The recent media hype over a possible e-book revolution has obscured the real star of the book world — the author — and the continued functioning of the system for discovering new literary talent in Japan, including the competition among new authors for 30-some ...

Feb 10, 2011

National sport on its knees

The Japan Sumo Association, rocked by a match-rigging scandal, has decided to cancel Spring Grand Sumo Tournament, which would have started March 13 in Osaka. This is the first time that a grand sumo tournament known as hon-basho has been canceled since the summer ...