Wartime Labor Plaintiffs To Apply For Asset Sales

Wartime labor plaintiffs to apply for asset sales

South Korean plaintiffs seeking damages for wartime labor plan to soon begin court procedures to sell assets seized from Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

The plaintiffs include women who say they were forced to work for the Japanese firm during World War Two. Last November, South Korea's Supreme Court finalized lower court rulings awarding them compensation.

No Progress In Japan-s.korea Wartime Labor Issue

No progress in Japan-S.Korea wartime labor issue

Japan's foreign minister is again calling on South Korea to convene an arbitration panel aimed at resolving issues relating to wartime labor. But South Korea's foreign minister only repeated her country's position.

Taro Kono and Kang Kyung-wha exchanged words after a dinner for Group of 20 foreign ministers in Osaka on Friday.

Suga: Japan Seeks Panel On Wartime Labor Issue

Suga: Japan seeks panel on wartime labor issue

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says the government will keep on urging South Korea to agree on forming an arbitration panel to settle the bilateral issue over wartime labor.

Suga was speaking to reporters on Friday.

Kono Urges Moon To Use Leadership On Wartime Labor

Kono urges Moon to use leadership on wartime labor

Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono has urged South Korean President Moon Jae-in to exercise leadership in solving the bilateral issue of wartime labor.

Kono was speaking to reporters in Tokyo on Tuesday, a day after the Japanese government asked South Korea to agree to establishing an arbitration panel in line with a 1965 bilateral agreement. The request came as South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon said his government cannot resolve the issue alone.

Japan Requests Arbitration On Wartime Labor Issue

Japan requests arbitration on wartime labor issue

Japan is seeking arbitration in a dispute with South Korea over the wartime labor issue.

South Korean courts have issued a series of rulings ordering Japanese firms to pay damages to those who say they or their relatives were forced to work for them during World War Two.

Survey Highlights Harsh Labor For Foreign Interns

Survey highlights harsh labor for foreign interns

Japan's Justice Ministry has found more than 700 new cases of suspected labor law violations involving employers of foreign technical interns who fled their work.

The ministry reexamined the results of interviews with 5,218 interns who left their workplaces between January 2017 and last September.

Labor Official Sacked Following Dispute In S.korea

Labor official sacked following dispute in S.Korea

A senior Japanese labor ministry official has been removed from his post, after being questioned by police in South Korea regarding a dispute he had with staff members at an airport.

The ministry says a division chief got into trouble on Tuesday at Gimpo Airport in Seoul on his way home from a holiday trip. He returned to Japan the same day.

Sources: Labor Officials Hid Survey Adjustments

Sources: Labor officials hid survey adjustments

At least three labor ministry officials are believed to have manipulated data for a monthly labor survey and failed to report it.

The revelation is the latest development in a widening scandal over the ministry's regular survey on wages and working hours that stretches back to 2004.

Abe Denies Ordering Labor Survey Method Changes

Abe denies ordering labor survey method changes

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he did not order the labor ministry to change its methods for conducting a key monthly survey.

The ministry has been under fire for using improper methods to conduct the survey of wages and working hours.

Abe Pledges Stricter Probe Of Labor Data Scandal

Abe pledges stricter probe of labor data scandal

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he will strengthen the independence of a panel that is investigating the flawed statistics compiled by the labor ministry.

Abe was responding to questions by Tetsuro Fukuyama, the Secretary General of the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, in an Upper House session on Friday.

Lawmakers Angry About Faulty Labor Statistics

Lawmakers angry about faulty labor statistics

Japan's governing party lawmakers have criticized labor ministry officials for their poor grasp of the facts surrounding a fresh discovery of faulty statistics.

The labor ministry admitted earlier this week that improper methods were used for its wage structure survey. Questionnaires were sent to businesses by post, although officials were supposed to hand-deliver them.

Opposition Urges New Probe Into Faulty Labor Data

Opposition urges new probe into faulty labor data

Japan's opposition parties have urged that a new investigation into faulty labor ministry surveys be carried out by an independent panel with fresh members.

The Diet affairs chiefs of the six opposition parties met to discuss the matter on Wednesday.

Labor Ministry Finds Flaws In Another Key Survey

Labor ministry finds flaws in another key survey

Japan's labor ministry said on Monday that flaws have been found in statistics used to determine the minimum wage. It is the second time problems relating to the ministry's statistics have come to light in the past month.

The labor ministry admitted that its basic survey on wage structure was conducted with improper methods. The survey aims to obtain a clear picture of how wages are paid, according to employment type or occupation.

Personnel Chief 'attended Labor Survey Interviews'

Personnel chief 'attended labor survey interviews'

A senior official in charge of the labor ministry's personnel affairs was reportedly present when a third-party panel questioned senior staff about faulty surveys.

A government source says the head of the Minister's Secretariat, Yumiko Jozuka, attended the hearings and asked questions.