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  1. Japan vows to reduce fatalities

    Posted Jul 07th 2010, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan Japanese authorities have pledged to protect foreign workers better after 27 overseas trainees- 21 of them from the mainland- died from work-related incidents or diseases last year. The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare promised on Monday to tackle the problem, Kyodo reported. The trainees, almost all in their 20s and 30s, were in Japan on a government-authorised ...

  2. Declining Japan: a sign of things to come

    Posted Jul 04th 2009, 12:00am by Joseph Cheng

    ... Joseph Cheng In recent years, Japan's concerned public has gradually turned its attention from the decline in economic growth rates to more long-term social trends. As one of the 'little dragons of Asia', Hong Kong used to follow Japan as head of the 'flying geese' formation. So Japan's social trends are worthy of our attention, too. Japan's ageing ...

  3. Japan urged to investigate migrant abuse

    Posted Sep 12th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Kristine Kwok The Foreign Ministry has called on Japan to carry out a full investigation into the maltreatment of six Chinese women working in Japan. Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said ... the laundry for which they worked. 'We hope the authorities in Japan will carry out an immediate investigation and safeguard the legitimate interests of Chinese workers in Japan,' Ms Jiang ...

  4. Japan's growing suicide horror

    Posted May 04th 2008, 12:00am by Julian Ryall

    ... has already done to keep an eye on the information that is posted in cyberspace. Digital communications and suicide were first united in Japan in December 1998, when a 24-year-old woman killed ... himself, still the most common method of suicide, according to Mr Saito. Japan has a long history of suicide being an acceptable way out, with samurai warriors who failed their lord or disgraced ...

  5. Stone-Age mindset that shackles Japan

    Posted Feb 22nd 2007, 12:00am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... stupid and arrogant male Japanese politicians can be. In lamenting Japan's falling birth rate, he described women as 'child-bearing machines', saying that '[since] the number ... outside their own heads. Japan does have a problem with a falling birth rate. On present projections, the population of 127 million is likely to decline to between 85 and 90 million by 2055. More ...

  6. E-ready Hong Kong beats Japan and Singapore in global survey

    Posted Apr 28th 2007, 12:00am by Barclay Crawford

    ... and Japan (18th). Only Denmark, which was ranked first, and the United States and Sweden, which tied for second, were above Hong Kong in the rankings put together by the Economist Intelligence Unit. ... in 2007 rankings. Billy Yeung Tak-wa, managing director of Y5Zone, which has 280 WiFi 'hot spots' around the city, said he was surprised Singapore, South Korea and Japan were not ranked ...

  7. Japan can't remain only for Japanese

    Posted Jan 19th 2005, 12:00am by David McNeill

    ... an enlightened policy on foreign workers. On closer inspection, however, Japan continues to hold the rest of the world at bay, even as a looming population crisis threatens to send the world's second-largest economy plummeting down the economic league tables. Most observers believe that the trade deal will allow, at most, a few hundred Filipino nurses to work indefinitely in Japan, provided ...

  8. Anti-Japan outcry

    Posted Apr 05th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Protests against Japan on the mainland are spreading and some have targeted Japanese stores. Should Beijing restrain the protests in the interests of the two countries' economic relationship? Share your views: write to us ...

  9. Proposed China-Japan treaty on criminals

    Posted Jun 13th 2005, 12:00am by Julian Ryall

    ... Julian Ryall in Tokyo A proposal for Sino-Japanese co-operation in criminal investigations has been welcomed in Japan, but human rights groups are concerned about the death penalty. ... Sino-Japanese ties- can be linked to the murder of a family of four in southern Japan two years ago. Three Chinese students were charged with killing Shinjiro Matsumoto and his family in Fukuoka ...

  10. Public vs party on Japan issue

    Posted Apr 17th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... I am outraged by those who constantly bring up China's own abuses and textbook distortion for comparison with Japan's textbooks distortion and past atrocities. Are they saying that this means that while China is withholding the truth from its people, it cannot ask Japan to apologise? Is Japan therefore right to withhold the truth from its own people? Does it also mean ...




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