Friday, December 8, 2017

"Most Evil Corporation of the Year" Awards Committee nominates NHK, eight companies

The committee announced this year’s nomination for awards for corporate malpractices on Nov. 27. They are Zeria Pharmaceutical Co., Inageya supermarket, Panasonic, Niigata Shimin Hospital and others, most of which have reported karoshi deaths over excess work. NHK, which is a public broadcasting corporation overseen by the Internal Affairs Ministry, reported a death of a 31-year-old reporter in July 2013. Next year, the cause of her death was confirmed a cardiac arrest due to long work hours, and the case was officially approved as a worker’s compensation issue. The investigation by her family showed her overtime hours before she died was 209 hours. NHK finally announced this karoshi case in October, but the bereaved family claims it is a “human error” due to management failure.
 The public voting for the awards is open until Dec. 22, and the announcement ceremony would be held on Dec. 23. (By M)
Photo: NHK Broadcasting Center 



‘To work or not to work’〜Precariat Union puts out a comic book on labor

 Abenomics? Vibrant economy? Job hunters have the upper hand? Which society are we talking about? I am a member of the Employment Ice Age and not even benefitting from the “vibrant economy.” Every day I go to work at a factory as a temp and come home to my lonely apartment. I fall into my room packed with things, which I have thought to clean up almost every weekend but can’t seem to get to it due to extreme fatigue. In the comic book, there are so many situations described that I sympathize, but I see the status quo so severe I can hardly imagine. “If I stay home, utilities cost,” or “I wonder if a library is warmer.” The author looks around him and plants a seed of solidarity with a few co-workers. But by those who “want to work hard” and who “ want to be good” pluck the buds of solidarity. Looking at the competition of cheap labor, he wonders, “What are they trying to sell cheaply?” (By Ichihanahana) 

アベノミクス? 好景気? 就活の売り手市場?