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How-tos | LIFELINES Nov 3, 2013

Pensions will pay, but only after 25 years

One reader wrote to Lifelines with a question regarding pensions: I'm a part-time English university instructor, now working at two Tokyo universities. In nine years, I will be 70 and, as it stands today, should anticipate being forced to retire. I will still have to survive, ...

How-tos | LIFELINES Feb 14, 2012

Firms have few grounds to refuse staff paid leave

Reader KA writes: "In a recent Lifelines column ("All employees in Japan are entitled to paid leave, period," Dec. 13) it was stated that all employees have the legal right to take paid vacation providing they meet certain basic criteria. Whilst that is legally ...