May 23, 2014

Ministry mulls scrapping overtime pay, national cap on working hours

The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry is considering abolishing restrictions on working hours for certain types of high-income employees and scrapping overtime pay, it was learned Friday. The flagrantly ignored labor standards law limits an employee’s working hours to eight hours a day and ...

Dec 26, 2013

'Creative' rules for work hours urged

A government panel called Thursday for rethinking regulations on working hours to boost industrial competitiveness. In an interim report, a subpanel of the government’s industrial competitiveness council urged the introduction of a new system that requires businesses to increase flexibility in the way employees ...

Mar 14, 2011

Cheating and the cheated

Perhaps only in Japan could a young man be arrested for the crime of “obstructing university operations by fraudulent means.” For weeks, the nation’s headlines have been jammed with the story about a student who cheated on the entrance exam for four prestigious universities, ...