National / Social Issues Nov 4, 2020

Japan welfare applications decline in August

The number of welfare benefit applications submitted in Japan in August fell to 17,451, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said Wednesday. The monthly figure fell by 2,199 from the previous month and 735 year on year, even though restaurants and other businesses in many ...

Overwork rose among Japan's essential workers early in pandemic

National Oct 30, 2020

Overwork rose among Japan's essential workers early in pandemic

Essential workers in the health care and transportation sectors were increasingly required to work excessive hours during the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a government study released Friday. Overall in the March-April period of the study, the percentage of people who worked ...