Life at Fukushima No. 1 gets manga treatment

Mar 26, 2014

Life at Fukushima No. 1 gets manga treatment

by Yuri Kageyama

First off, no one who works at Tepco’s wrecked nuclear plant calls it Fukushima “Dai-ichi,” comic book artist Kazuto Tatsuta says in his book about his time on the job. It’s “ichi efu,” or 1F. It’s not “hell on earth,” but a life filled ...

Feb 18, 2014

325,000 cancer patients still work

An estimated 325,000 people in Japan are working while undergoing cancer treatment, the health ministry said Monday. Based on a 2010 poll, the estimate was reported at a meeting of the ministry’s panel on support for working cancer sufferers. The total consists of some ...

Feb 6, 2014

Eight Japan staffing firms jointly recruit dispatch workers

Eight staffing agencies affiliated with major companies in different industries held a joint registration session for dispatch workers in Tokyo on Wednesday as part of cross-industry cooperation to secure manpower. Staffing agencies face shortages of workers due to an increase in the number of ...

Workers stumble while 'Abenomics' soars

Feb 3, 2014

Workers stumble while 'Abenomics' soars

by Jason Clenfield

Japanese stocks and profits are soaring under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s push to revive the economy. Even shop prices are up, a key step after years of deflation kept pocketbooks shut tight. None of that matters to Shuzo Matsui.

Cafes, hotels power up to draw 'nomad workers'

Sep 26, 2013

Cafes, hotels power up to draw 'nomad workers'

Cafe chains and hotels are adapting to the growing population of “nomad workers” using mobile devices to work outside the office. A Renoir coffee shop near Tokyo’s Shinjuku Station is well known for such workers, thanks to its 20 power outlets provided specifically for ...

Pizza Hut incensed by worker's dough-faced Twitter stunt

Aug 20, 2013

Pizza Hut incensed by worker's dough-faced Twitter stunt

A part-time worker at a Pizza Hut outlet in Tokyo uploaded a photo of himself on Twitter with pizza dough plastered all over his face in May, Kentucky Fried Chicken Japan Ltd., which owns the pizza delivery chain, has revealed. The company apologized Monday, ...

Tepco minutes reveal staff exodus concerns

Jun 19, 2013

Tepco minutes reveal staff exodus concerns

by Tsuyoshi Inajima and Yuji Okada

Tokyo Electric Power Co. executives spent dozens of meetings fretting about the utility’s future as hundreds of younger employees quit over salary cuts after the Fukushima No. 1 reactor meltdowns, according to minutes obtained by Bloomberg News. “The company could quickly deteriorate” as workers ...