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We'd like to decrease the number of bicycle thefts, which account for the largest percentage of total thefts, and thereby trim the number of overall Penal Code offenses.

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An official of Tokyo's Adachi Ward, which is set to enforce a revised ordinance on Jan 1, obligating owners to lock their bicycles, in the face of numerous thefts. Read

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Even though it's a workplace practice, it interferes with free marriage at workplaces, which could be a violation of the freedom of marriage guaranteed under Article 24 of the Constitution.

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Shigeru Wakita, professor emeritus of labor law at Kyoto-based Ryukoku University, referring to a workplace practice at the Ikeda municipal government in Fukui Prefecture, which demands that one member of a couple leave their job when the husband and wife both work at the town hall as general staffers. Read

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The income tax reforms are half-baked, as they place priority on securing funds to make up for the reduced tax rate set for October 2019, and do not truly address diverse ways of working.

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Takuya Hoshino, deputy chief economist at Dai-ichi Life Research Institute, referring to the government's proposed tax reform package for fiscal 2018, would impose a heavier tax on high-earning company employees, whose incomes are easier to find out than those who are self-employed or are freelancers. Read

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We just can't make a mistake, even though it takes more time to identify the remains. We can't say anything to bereaved relatives wishing for early handovers except 'Please wait.'

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A senior police officer with the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department. More than a month after the grisly killings of nine people in Zama, Kanagawa Prefecture, came to light in late October, Tokyo police are still struggling to identify which body parts belong to which victim, while bereaved families wish to… Read

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Running logistics as a labor-intensive business model is pretty much on its last legs. What separates the companies is their ability to fill the gap left by human labor with technology.

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Hiratomo Miyata, the founder of Ground, whose software powers 79 robots at the distribution center of Nitori, Japan’s biggest furniture maker.  Robots are stepping in to fill vacancies amid Japan's worst labor shortage in more than 40 years. Read

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Gender is not part of the minimum necessary information that public administrative bodies should collect in the stage of recruiting and screening job applicants. Public administrative bodies, which should be sensitive to sexual discrimination, should stop calling for providing gender information at the gateway to employment.

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Aya Kamikawa, a transgender member of the Setagaya Ward assembly, welcoming the decision by Setagaya and Suginami wards ed the moves of the two ward governments to drop gender information fields from their application forms for some of their available job categories. Read

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The sensor uses an infrared camera to analyze the degree of light absorption in gases, which differs depending on the type of gas. It can identify about 50 types, including sarin and chlorine gas, and transmits data on diffusion patterns to a personal computer.

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A spokesperson for the Fire and Disaster Management Agency. The government plans to introduce next fiscal year a sensor capable of detecting toxic gases and materials as far as five kilometers from the site of release, ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. Read

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The time has come to seriously debate what constitutes public broadcasting befitting of the internet age.

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Hiroyoshi Sunakawa, a professor at Rikkyo University, commenting on the the Supreme Court's ruling legally requiring television owners to pay for a subscription to NHK. Read

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