Younger animators still struggling amid anime boom

Culture May 8, 2019

Younger animators still struggling amid anime boom

by Matt Schley

By all outward appearances, Japan's animation industry is thriving. A recent report by The Association for Japanese Animations indicates the industry's worth as a whole topped over ¥2 trillion in 2017 — a new record. International streaming services like Netflix and Crunchyroll have begun ...

Asia Pacific Apr 22, 2019

Chinese workers demand release of labor rights activists

Some 100 Chinese workers suffering from a work-related disease have signed a petition demanding the release of three prominent activists in southern China amid a crackdown on labor activism. Wei Zhili and Ke Chengbing, editors of a labor rights news site that reported on the ...

Know your rights as a language teacher

Issues | LEARNING CURVE Apr 10, 2019

Know your rights as a language teacher

by Kris Kosaka

Dennis Tesolat is chair of the General Union based in Osaka. Founded in 1991, the organization is part of a national private sector trade union known as Zenkoku-Ippan (the National Union of General Workers), which belongs to a confederation known as Zenrokyo (National Trade ...

Business Mar 27, 2019

Tea label giants vow probe after Sri Lanka labor abuse expose

Plantations in Sri Lanka that supply "slavery-free" tea to top global companies are under investigation by ethical label groups after an expose found illegal wage deductions that have left some workers ill and unable to afford health care. An investigation by the Thomson Reuters Foundation ...