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More Japanese companies reinstating telework in response to Omicron

Nikkei reported that a growing number of Japanese firms are now allowing their workers to telework in response to the COVID-19 resurgence caused by the Omicron variant, saying that Panasonic is requiring its employees in Okinawa, Hiroshima, and Yamaguchi, which are currently under a quasi-state of emergency, to work from home. Osaka Gas plans to have 70% of its employees….Read more

  • January 18, 2022
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SOCIETY > Human Rights

The Tokyo Bar Association needs our help to understand racial profiling in Japan

By Baye McNeil, contributing writer   Last month, the U.S. Embassy issued a warning to its citizens about suspected “racial profiling incidents.” However, there had already been heavy discussion of the subject in the international community for years.   In fact, Black Eye spoke to Baltimore native Jesse Freeman, a filmmaker and ikebana (flower arrangement) artist, of his experience being regularly stopped and frisked by….Read more

  • January 14, 2022
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SOCIETY > Human Rights

Vietnamese trainee in Japan demands apology for 2 years of abuse

OKAYAMA, JAPAN – A Vietnamese man who had worked as a technical trainee at a construction company in western Japan said Monday he was violently abused by Japanese colleagues for around two years and is demanding an apology and compensation from the company and supervising organization that arranged the placement.   Speaking at a press conference in Okayama with a….Read more

  • January 17, 2022
  • , Kyodo News , 10:37 p.m.
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Tokyo-area governors seek broader powers to fight omicron cases

TOKYO — The governors of Tokyo and three bordering prefectures on Monday asked the central government to permit stronger restrictions on social activity in the region to combat the rising number of coronavirus cases caused by the omicron variant.   Japan could decide this week on the requests, which seek “quasi-emergency” declarations for the prefectures. Approval would authorize the governors to take….Read more

  • January 18, 2022
  • , Nikkei Asia , 2:13 a.m.
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As omicron surges, Japan fears twin threat of worker and parts shortages

TOKYO — From auto factories to nursing homes to trains, workplaces in Japan face the risk that the fast-spreading omicron variant will leave them without enough staff to maintain operations.   Some, including Mazda Motor and major air conditioner manufacturer Daikin, have barred lunch or dinner parties. Others, like East Japan Railway, or JR East, are training staff to ensure that….Read more

  • January 15, 2022
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Editorial: Make quarantine period shorter while also expanding testing capacity

Amid a surge of infections with the omicron variant of the novel coronavirus, there has been an increasing number of people forced to be away from work because they were in close contact with an infected person.   To maintain society’s activities, it is necessary to change this approach to a reasonable one based on the characteristics of the variant.….Read more

  • January 15, 2022
  • , The Japan News , 5:14 p.m.
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Editorial: Use Great Hanshin Earthquake’s lessons to improve future quake measures

Jan. 17 marked 27 years since the Great Hanshin Earthquake. In recent years, there has been a spate of significant earthquakes in various parts of Japan. It is vital to reflect again on the lessons learned from the massive earthquake that claimed the lives of 6,434 people and use them in future measures.   A disaster recovery fund that had….Read more

  • January 18, 2022
  • , The Japan News , 1:00 p.m.
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Abuse of over-the-counter drugs surges among young people in Japan

CHUNICHI SHIMBUN   On Dec. 12, a 38-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman were arrested in Shiga Prefecture for allegedly kidnapping a female high school student who was later found dead, due to a drug overdose, at the man’s apartment.   The two suspects told police that they became acquainted with the student through social media channels for people interested….Read more

  • January 17, 2022
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Medical institutions most trusted group in Japan, Central Research Services poll

Tokyo, Jan. 14 (Jiji Press)–Medical institutions have overtaken the Self-Defense Forces as the organization or group of people that command the highest level of public confidence in Japan, a survey showed Friday.     The result of the survey, conducted by Central Research Services Inc., a Jiji Press affiliate, seems to reflect a high public evaluation of medical workers’ efforts to….Read more

  • January 14, 2022
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SOCIETY > Crime

Editorial: Knife attack on entrance examinees a selfish act that leaves us speechless

People are likely to wonder how much time the test takers spent preparing for this day. A boy’s atrocious act, which was intended to ruin such efforts, has inevitably caused outrage.   On Saturday, the first day of the Common Test for University Admissions, two examinees, a boy and a girl, and a 72 year-old man were stabbed with a….Read more

  • January 17, 2022
  • , The Japan News , 3:01 p.m.
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