Editorials Nov 22, 2011

Supporting the unemployed

The government has started a job-seeker support system from the beginning of October, under which unemployed people can receive allowances while undergoing vocational training. The new system will serve as the second safety net for workers, besides unemployment insurance. So far, if the period ...

Editorials Oct 21, 2011

Informed decision needed on TPP

Moves to join the talks for the Transpacific Strategic Economic Partnership (TPP) agreement had been put on hold since the March 11 disasters devastated the Tohoku region. But Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda is now eagerly pushing for progress. He hopes to accelerate discussions on the ...

Editorials Oct 13, 2011

A friendlier environment for NPOs

The tax system and the law on nonprofit organizations have been recently revised to help NPOs in tax matters. These revisions are expected to lead NPOs to expand their activities not only in usual fields such as education, culture, sports, social welfare and community ...