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Business Sep 13, 2003

Ministry to link bonds to consumer prices

The Finance Ministry plans to issue 100 billion yen worth of bonds whose principal will vary depending on fluctuations in consumer prices, ministry officials said Friday. The bonds, to be targeted at institutional investors, will be issued from January to March. Under the plan, the 10-year ...

Business Jun 17, 2003

Koizumi denies deregulation deal with medical chief

Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi denied Monday he has reached an agreement with the head of the Japan Medical Association on allowing medical business stock companies to engage only in high-tech areas under proposed deregulation. "I did not make such a promise," Koizumi said in reference ...

National Jun 16, 2003

JAL offers child-care shift exemptions

Japan Airlines will exempt all flight attendants from late-night shifts beginning in August if such requests are made for child-rearing or nursing-care reasons, according to JAL officials. The move comes in response to the Tokyo Labor Bureau's call for the airline to improve its regulations ...

National Jun 16, 2003

JAL offers child-care shift exemptions

Japan Airlines will exempt all flight attendants from late-night shifts beginning in August if such requests are made for child-rearing or nursing-care reasons, according to JAL officials. The move comes in response to the Tokyo Labor Bureau's call for the airline to improve its regulations ...

National Jun 16, 2003

JAL offers child-care shift exemptions

Japan Airlines will exempt all flight attendants from late-night shifts beginning in August if such requests are made for child-rearing or nursing-care reasons, according to JAL officials. The move comes in response to the Tokyo Labor Bureau's call for the airline to improve its regulations ...

Business May 13, 2003

Katayama looks to use postal savings to prop up stock prices

Posts minister Toranosuke Katayama proposed Monday using postal savings and insurance funds to strengthen the functions of the state-run stock buying entity in a bid to bolster sagging share prices. The proposal came during a meeting of the government and the Bank of Japan, in ...

National Apr 16, 2003

Gangster paid politician's staff

A ruling coalition politician admitted Tuesday he allowed a construction firm that had links to gangsters to pay 2.75 million yen in salaries for his secretaries between March 1997 and February 1998. House of Representatives member Kenshiro Matsunami of the New Conservative Party, one of ...

Students show determination to find work in '04

National Mar 7, 2003

Students show determination to find work in '04

Amid the nation's harsh job situation, some 3,000 vocational school students who will graduate next March gathered Thursday in Tokyo to demonstrate their resolve to secure employment immediately after entering the market. Students from 12 vocational schools in Tokyo, Osaka, Sendai and Nagoya participated in ...

National Feb 26, 2003

Constraints limit whistle-blower immunity bill

Moves are afoot to protect the rights of whistle-blowers. Consumer and lawyer groups are calling for laws similar to those in the United State and Britain that prevent people who report wrongdoing at their companies for the sake of public interest from being fired or ...

Business Feb 6, 2003

Demand for financial planners grows amid fiscal uncertainty

As more people take a keener interest in how they invest their money, demand is growing in Japan for financial planners and people qualified to advise individuals on their assets and investments. "With people growing older and with uncertainty about pension funds, there is increasing ...