女性新入社員の過労自殺から1年経った。 It’s been a year since the female office worker committed suicide due to overwork.
The labor bureau sent a report to the public prosecutors office alleging that Dentsu, Japan’s biggest advertising company, had been violating the labor standards act. And the Dentsu president Ishii was forced to take responsibility by announcing resignation from his leadership role.
25年前に起きた過労自殺で再発防止を誓った巨大企業はいまブラック企業の象徴として厳しい批判にさらされている。 The similar case occured to Dentsu 25 years ago, when a young employee killed himself due to his atrocious workload , which prompted Dentsu to apologize and promise never to let it happen again. Now the gigantic conglomerate is being rebuked as a symbol of unfair and illegal practices.
The time has changed and the traditional values of selfless devotion no longer exist. If no action taken , employers might find it hard to maintain their management stability.
Russia’s lower house passed a bill banning drift-net fishing of salmon and trout in Russia’s exclusive economic zone starting in January,
いま、サケマス漁に暗雲が立ちこめている。Now the dark clouds are looming over Japan’s salmon and trout fishing industry.
Its history dates back to 1985 when the Agreement on Fishery Cooperation was ratified between the two countries, giving Japan a permission to catch salmon and trout within Russia’s EEZ.
そして突然の禁止措置である。 Then suddenly the ban has been announced.
This ban is due, as claimed by Russian authorities, to a great decline in trout and salmon populations.
There is no solid evidence to support this claim, though.
The decision will bring an end to Japan’s northern pacific fishery that once supported the Japanese economy.
根室などの道東経済に大きな打撃を与えるのは間違いない。試算では禁止による影響額は２５０億円に上るという。No doubt it will be a tremendous economic loss for the east Hokkaido such as Nemuro, which is estimated to reach 25 billion yen.
The sea is wide but the fishable areas are not. How should the fishing industry move forward from now? The time is coming where we must scope out a new future vision.
Fish Net Hauling
Recently, Jibiki Ami, or Fish Net Hauling, a practice done by local fishermen to bring in large quantities of fish by pulling them onto the shore by a net, is becoming very popular among native Japanese and foreign tourists from around the world. Since 2014, Hokkaido has become a destination of choice for this kind of activity. Locals and visitors alike join in hauling in… large nets, set up to catch some fresh fish and experience the excitement of dragging multiple kilos of them to be then sold at an auction.
Tourism in Hokkaido is expected to further expand with companies from many countries such as Korea, Taiwan and Philippines, sending their best performers to take part in this great tradition, as a reward for their hard work.