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Even though staff members are struggling with harassment, they have no place to report their complaints.

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Naoki Murakami, chairman of the National Council of Japanese Firefighters and Ambulance Workers. The International Labor Organization is urging Japan to join the ranks of other advanced nations and allow firefighters the right to organize, but the government refuses, saying it would disturb the chain of command, particularly in times… Read

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We attribute the downward trend to the widespread installation of security cameras and improved anticrime systems equipped on motor vehicles and houses.

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A spokesperson for the National Police Agency (NPA). The number of criminal offenses recognized by police across the country hit a new postwar low of 817,445 in 2018. Read

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The reasons why Abenomics is sputtering can be summed up with two words: public relations. More than six years on, it’s still more PR than clear product.

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Forbes contributor William Pesek, referring to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's economic policy during the last six years. Read

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We have received twice the usual number of email inquiries in relation to child abuse since the death of the 10-year-old girl in Chiba Prefecture.

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Tomohiko Kaneda, a spokesperson for Child Abuse Prevention Network Aichi, which has been receiving an average of more than seven email inquiries a day since police arrested the father of 10-year-old Mia Kurihara last month. He said many children say their parents are being violent and ask if it constitutes… Read

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It's not something Japanese people can ignore as someone else's problem.

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Professor Yasuo Nihei, a river engineering specialist at Tokyo University of Science, saying efforts must be made to curb plastic waste in daily life in Japan because microplastics polluting Japanese rivers are flowing into nearby seas. Read

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Many people believe married couples should have children but they also think child-rearing and their education cost too much, feeling anxious about their employment prospects and income. Those who said one should not necessarily marry likely include many people who have given up on marrying out of fear of problems after marriage.

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Masahiro Yamada, a family sociology professor at Chuo University, commenting on two Asahi Shimbun surveys that showed many Japanese want to marry and have children but are hesitating to do so due to financial and other obstacles. Read

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I have never seen so many reservations being made in a short period.

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Sayaka Tateishi of Nippon Travel Agency's PR department. Japanese travel agencies say overseas package tours for the 10-day spring holidays have quickly sold out, with reservations more than triple last year. Read

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Consultation centers and schools sometimes differ in their assessments of risks faced by children. They should discuss in advance at which phase they will place children under temporary protective custody or provide support to parents.

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Taishi Arimura of the Japan College of Social Work, a specialist in child welfare, saying that it is important to improve the quality of information-sharing in dealing with the problem of child abuse. Read

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There has been so little change, or a lack thereof, in gender relations at home.

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Noriko Tsuya, an economics professor at Keio University in Tokyo, commenting on data showing that men in Japan do fewer hours of housework and child care than in any of the world’s richest nations. That keeps women from getting better jobs and holds back the economy. Read

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Political leaders on both sides of the Pacific must realize that the damage from deteriorating Japan-South Korea ties fundamentally undermines the U.S. alliance system in East Asia.

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Yuki Tatsumi, co-director of the East Asia Program at the Stimson Center in Washington, saying that disputes between Japan, South Korea and China are flaring up as U.S. President Donal Trump sits on the sidelines, focusing on his "America First" policy. Read

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