The charred exterior of a welfare facility is pictured in Sapporo on Feb 1. Photo: @COMINVOICE/via REUTERS
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Japan to boost safety of shelters for the needy following fires

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The solution is central heating and thick insulation. The place was filled with kerosene heaters, which are really dangerous. Let's see if the govt is actually serious about a solution.

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"Japan to boost safety of shelters for the needy following fires"

translation, the creation of some office workers position, a big pile of paperwork and an official inspection but nothing will change regarding the structual safety or standard of said building. jis = lol.

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Kerosene heater is very good one during wintertime, but it seem a kind of bomb heater. This heater is prohibited in almost all apartments.

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Some of those facilities have effectively become businesses exploiting impoverished residents for welfare payments they receive.

Better fire safety is important, but the above issue should be #1 priority! Unfortunately, I see many shelters having to close because of stricter fire safety regulations. I'm sure the government is not going to give subsidies for the improvements.

Japan's child poverty rate stood at 13.9 percent in 2015, higher than the average among industrialized countries. Especially, the poverty rate among single-parent households was as high as 50.8 percent.

This is the real Japan! It's all sushi and cherry blossoms on the surface, but scratch off the wrapper and you find something very different. All the taxes and insurance payments add up to around 40% of salaries, but Japan cannot provide an adequate welfare system, child care, aged care, public schooling and pension. Yeah, Japan is a rich country, for about 5% of the population.

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Of course. These should be government run as anything capitalism gets its hand on is about the money. It should be for the people. I believe these facilities should be confiscated by the government immediately and the guy running the places needs to be imprisoned.

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Of course. These should be government run as anything capitalism gets its hand on is about the money. It should be for the people.

The National Health Service is run and controlled by the government. But the hospitals and clinics are all privately owned. The government controls the charges and prices unloading drugs.

Same can be done with privately run care homes .

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