Nov 29, 2015

Thirteen prefectures say no to hosting nuclear waste depository

A total of 13 out of the nation’s 47 prefectures say they would refuse to host a final disposal site for highly radioactive nuclear waste, a Kyodo News survey showed Saturday. In the survey conducted between late October and early November, 13 local governments ...

Nov 17, 2015

Suspect data reports keep lid on actual hours worked

Overwork is such an issue in Japan that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has vowed to fix it. He wants companies to reward productivity rather than long hours, and to create workplaces that allow men and women to finish on time and share the burden ...

Oct 27, 2015

35% of public regard children's voices as 'noise'

About 35 percent of Japanese regard children’s voices as noise, according to a survey by the welfare ministry. The survey’s results, released Tuesday, show that 35.1 of the respondents expressed sympathy with the view that in residential areas children’s voices from day care centers ...