Nov 28, 2015

New ways to reduce child abuse

While an expert panel looks for better ways to protect children, the government needs to look into the basic issue of how to eliminate the potential seeds of abuse in the first place.

Nov 13, 2015

Tax Commission proposes drastic income tax reforms to support the poor

The Tax Commission on Friday proposed drastic income tax reforms, including more progressive taxes, to provide stronger support for low-income and child-rearing households. Selecting a set of key reform issues for future debates, the influential government commission said Japan needs to change the focus ...

Oct 22, 2015

Employment insurance revamp

The Abe administration is looking at reforming the employment insurance scheme to get more senior citizens into the workforce, but beefing up other components of the social welfare net would be more effective.

Oct 18, 2015

Leaving jobs for nursing care

The Abe administration needs to take concrete steps to stem the flow of people who quit their jobs because they must care for ailing relatives.

Oct 10, 2015

Raise nursery school salaries

Increasing pay for preschool teachers would be a vital step in getting more women into the labor force, in particular by increasing capacity at nursery schools so more mothers could work.