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Number of homeless people in Japan hits record low

Tokyo, April 28 (Jiji Press)–The number of homeless people in Japan stood at 3,824 as of January, down 4.2 pct from a year before, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said Wednesday.   It was the lowest number since the ministry started compiling such statistics in 2003, apparently reflecting local government support for financially strapped people to prevent them….Read more

  • April 28, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 5:59 p.m.
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SOCIETY

Children with foreign roots a growing social issue in Japan

Nearly 4 percent of children living in group homes for youngsters across Japan have at least one parent with foreign roots, forcing staff members to confront issues they were not initially trained to handle, an Asahi Shimbun study shows.   The welfare ministry began a nationwide survey on children of foreign ancestry at children’s institutions last year due to a lack of official….Read more

  • April 18, 2021
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 6:28 p.m.
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SOCIETY

Thousands of bureaucrats put in monthly OT at ‘karoshi’ levels

Employees of government ministries and agencies have long been thought to work dangerously long hours–now, they have the numbers to prove it.    A total of 6,532 government bureaucrats put in more than 80 hours of overtime a month–a criteria that can link a worker’s death to overwork–over the course of three months through February, the government said.   Of….Read more

  • March 31, 2021
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 3:45 p.m.
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SOCIETY

Editorial: Enhanced efforts needed to stop rising suicides at height of March

The number of people who take their lives due to anxiety and distress tends to increase toward the end of the nation’s fiscal year in March.   At this time, many people face major changes in their lives, such as entering a higher-level school, getting a job or moving to another place, starting in the new fiscal year. Many companies….Read more

  • March 4, 2021
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 1:30 p.m.
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SOCIETY > Crime

Consultations on domestic violence set new high for 17th year in a row

By Kosuke Tauchi, staff writer   For the 17th consecutive year, the number of consultations on domestic violence involving partners or spouses set a record, edging up to 82,643 in 2020, the National Police Agency reported on March 4.    However, it is not clear if more couples being forced to stay at home during the coronavirus pandemic contributed to the….Read more

  • March 4, 2021
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 5:25 p.m.
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SOCIETY > Crime

Child abuse cases across Japan top 100,000 for first time

By Kosuke Tauchi, staff writer   Child abuse cases reported by police to child consultation centers nationwide last year topped 100,000 for the first time, a development the National Police Agency attributed to more aggressive efforts to crack down on the problem.   The milestone was double that of the five years before.   Provisional data released Feb. 4 by the….Read more

  • March 5, 2021
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 7:00 a.m.
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SOCIETY > Welfare

National Personnel Authority officials learn about childcare leave system

On March 3, Secretary General Emiko Matsuo and other senior officials of the National Personnel Authority attended a lecture about work-style reform and the childcare leave system for public employees of Sweden by Swedish Ambassador to Japan Pereric Hogberg at the nation’s embassy in Tokyo. The ambassador said about his country’s childcare leave system, “We adopted a childcare leave system….Read more

  • March 4, 2021
  • , Yomiuri , p. 4
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SOCIETY > Welfare

Editorial: Protect the elderly by thorough testing to prevent clusters at nursing homes

The number of novel coronavirus clusters is surging at facilities for the elderly. The central and local governments should provide nursing homes with thorough support, rather than leaving the handling of the infectious disease solely in their hands.   According to the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry, 95 clusters were found at facilities for the elderly in the past week,….Read more

  • February 12, 2021
  • , The Japan News , 5:08 p.m.
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SOCIETY > Human Rights

Foreign technical trainee deaths increased significantly in 2019

A total of 98 foreign technical trainees died in Japan in the two-year period from 2018 (38) to 2019 (60), the Akahata learned by Dec. 30. The Ministry of Justice provided this information in response to a question posed by Japanese Communist Party (JCP) Lower House member Yasufumi Fujino.   Among those deaths, the most common cause was disease (33),….Read more

  • December 31, 2020
  • , Akahata , p. 15
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EDUCATION

Many schools in Japan still not accessible for wheelchair users

More than 30 percent of public elementary and junior high schools in Japan lack a wheelchair-accessible toilet and over 70 percent do not have an elevator, according to a recent survey.   The education ministry released the preliminary figures of its first survey on accessibility in schools nationwide as of May 1.   Because many schools are designated to serve….Read more

  • December 11, 2020
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 6:45 p.m.
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