Japanese firms wage war on sweaty 'smell harassment'

Sep 15, 2016

Japanese firms wage war on sweaty 'smell harassment'

Got stinky colleagues? Japan has a seminar for that. After a long, sweaty summer, some firms in a nation renowned for its cleanliness are declaring all out war on an office plague known as sumehara (smell harassment). Telling a colleague they stink is touchy ...

Jul 19, 2014

Ingrained ideas on gender roles

A recent poll of men and women 20 to 40 years old by a Japanese research institute finds that a surprising 40 percent of the respondents believe husbands should work full time while wives stay at home — despite Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's push ...

Dec 27, 2013

Why is work a zero free-speech zone?

If a reality TV show star, or any American for that matter, can be fired for expressing him- or herself when at work — or not at work — then the right to free speech is a meaningless abstraction that applies only to the ...

Sep 29, 2011

Ban this intolerable stock phrase

I hate the phrase “restore the public’s trust.” It is too much over-cooked gobbledygook and I’d rather eat nails than hear it one more time. Lamenting the threat to, or decline in, the public’s trust in politics is one of those stock phrases that ...