Category Archives: Labour issues

Worsening child poverty in Japan and women’s predicament

According to Comprehensive Survey of Living Conditions, a report released in 2014 by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) of Japan, the Japanese are economically worse off now than before. The relative poverty rate (the proportion of people … Continue reading

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Essay: The Enigma of Gender Gap in Japan

In March this year, I posted on my blog an essay titled “Japan: The worst developed country for women?”  I mentioned in it that Japan came in 101st in the “global gender gap index” in 2012 out of 135 countries … Continue reading

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Essay: Women and Japan’s growth strategies

As soon as Shinzo Abe came into power in December 2012 to lead Japan for the second time, he lost no time in announcing his three-pronged strategies he believed would revitalize Japan.  The first strategy was a monetary policy of … Continue reading

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Bangladesh factory collapse: What can be done to prevent such tragedy in future?

The garment factory disaster on 24 April 2013 in Savar, Bangladesh has left more than 700 workers dead and many seriously injured with their limbs amputated.  No one knows how many are still missing (“Bangladesh building collapse death toll passes … Continue reading

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Essay: Japan: The worst developed country for women?

The article entitled “Japan: The worst developed country for mothers?” caught my attention when I was looking at the BBC News website (See the article posted by Rupert Wingfield-Hayes of BBC News, Tokyo, on 22 March 2013) the other day.  … Continue reading

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Gender Gap in Pay

According to the report released on the 21st of Feb. 2013 by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan, the gap in the average earnings between full-time men and women workers in the country had narrowed consecutively during … Continue reading

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Essay: Donkeys and Asses

I had dozed off in the middle of an evening news program and woke up to find it was still on and watched part of a report on a growing number of neglected and suffering donkeys that had been rescued … Continue reading

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