Foreign workers feel the pain of ‘corona job cuts’ in Japan

first_imgThe coronavirus pandemic has hit Japan’s economy hard and many factories, including those of carmakers, are scaling back production.Foreign workers are particularly vulnerable, with a weaker support network and language barriers that prevent them from seeking government help.Union groups, labor lawyers and nonprofit organizations say foreign workers such as Yamashita are the first to lose jobs in “corona cuts”, which they fear may expand to the kind of mass layoffs seen in the 2008 financial crisis.Last month, the Japan Center for Economic Research estimated that if Japan’s GDP contracted by 25 percent this year, the unemployment rate would reach 5% and about 2 million people could lose their jobs. Topics : In March and April, a labor organization based in Mie, a manufacturing center about 300km west of Tokyo, received 400 consultations from laborers who were affected by the coronavirus. About 330 were foreign workers.”Foreign workers on short-term contracts are laid off first,” because they’re easier to fire, Union Mie organizer Akai Jimbu said.Last year, 34.5 percent of foreign employees in Mie were temporary workers, compared with the national average of 2.5 percent.”It’s almost like they’re hired so that they can be fired when the going gets tough,” Jimbu said. “They’re just a spare bolt in the eyes of the employer.”‘First to go’Japan has become increasingly reliant on foreign labor. With a third of its population over 65 and a smaller working population, the government has eased some immigration restrictions.More than 1.6 million foreign workers supported the Japanese economy as of October 2019 – a four-fold increase from 2008.A labor ministry official told Reuters the ministry does not officially track the number of foreign workers laid off because it provides “support to all workers” regardless of their nationality.Still, the government recently allocated 370 million yen ($3.46 million) to improve multilingual support for foreigners at unemployment offices and online.But most foreign workers don’t turn to the government for help. While Union Mie handled hundreds of consultations this year through mid-April, the local labor ministry office saw only seven.Kaori Nakao, a Japanese-Brazilian woman, sought help from the union when her employer laid her off from a car component factory at the end of March.The company told her she was being fired because of coronavirus-related production cuts. Nakao, 38, was also ordered to leave her company apartment.Pregnant with her fourth child and with no savings, she asked Union Mie for help.Last month, union members and Nakao protested outside her employer’s office and the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Thermal Systems factory where she worked.Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Thermal Systems declined to comment because it did not employ Nakao.”I just want to work,” Nakao said. “I have zero money and I can’t even buy food for my children.”Yamashita, who is still looking for jobs, said he had found an open position at another car parts factory a few weeks ago.The contract was only for three months – maybe even less. Still, Yamashita said, it was something. He interviewed for the job, and was looking forward to a respite from searching.But then he got a call. The position wasn’t available anymore.”We are the first to go,” he says of foreigners working in Japan. “I already know about that.”center_img Eight years after arriving from Brazil, Rennan Yamashita sat in a government office in central Japan, filling out forms for unemployment insurance after losing his job for the ninth or 10th time – he has lost count.Some weeks earlier, he was laid off from his job at a car parts factory. He only held that job for four months.”If they need you, they hire you; if they don’t need you, they’ll fire you. It’s simple like that,” said Yamashita, 31.last_img read more

‘Dear Lionel’: Australian team tries to entice Messi Down Under

first_imgFootballing minnows Adelaide United issued a long-shot bid to entice superstar Lionel Messi to join its ranks Wednesday, touting the remote South Australian city as a coronavirus safe haven for playing and raising his family.Writing a “Dear Lionel” letter after news Messi wanted to quit his long association with Barcelona, Adelaide United Director Ian Smith cited his state’s “brilliant” schools, tourist attractions and world-class wines as reasons the Argentine should head Down Under.He also noted South Australia’s success in containing the coronavirus pandemic which is still ravaging much of Europe, saying the state would be “safe for your young family”. Topics : Smith admitted Adelaide United, which finished in seventh place in Australia’s 11-team A League during a coronavirus-hit season, would not be able to pay Messi the kind of massive salary he is used to.”We cannot offer you much in the form of financial compensation,” Smith said, explaining that the pandemic had badly damaged his team’s finances.”But, hey, let’s not let that get in the way of something that promises to be very special; once you are here, you will be so happy and money will seem merely incidental,” he said.center_img “While Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United and others may be chasing your signature, wouldn’t you really like to go somewhere different?” wrote Smith in the letter posted on the club’s Facebook page.”Indeed, as a consumer of Penfolds Grange, one of the world’s finest wines, we will find you a house in the suburb of Magill — It’s just a free-kick away from Penfolds’ award-winning Magill Estate restaurant, where you will have a regular table at your disposal,” he said.The six-time Ballon d’Or winner shocked the football world by informing Barcelona Tuesday that he wanted to leave the team where he has played his entire professional career, was the record scorer and won four Champions League titles.The move is expected to spark a legal battle over a buy-out clause worth hundreds of millions of dollars.last_img read more

Mesut Ozil sends message to Arsenal fans after demoralising Wolves draw

first_img 1/1 Comment ‘Good to be back in Premier League action,’ Ozil wrote on Instagram.‘But not happy about the result at home. Many things to work on. We have to keep moving forward with our heads held high.’Asked to assess Ozil’s contribution, meanwhile, Emery said: ‘He worked, he played well and I think he has quality.’Arsenal could be 10 points adrift of the top four pace should they lose at Leicester next weekend and result elsewhere go against them.Emery added: ‘I’m disappointed with the result above all because I think the players tried, the players worked, and the most difficult thing against Wolves is to score the first goal and take advantage in the result.‘We needed to score the second goal to take more confidence than we had at 1-0 and also because they are a strong team defensively, but also they have the structure offensively. They have the habit of playing matches with that result and being consistent to try to score and draw.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘They did that and we lost the opportunity at 1-0. When they equalised, we tried. We got into the box, we created some chances which weren’t very clear but we created them. ‘‘Also, in the last moments when we were pushing a lot, they had good transitions, one or two transitions when they didn’t score.‘I think it was an equal match and maybe we deserved it a little more than them, but we struggled. In a game against them, when you have that opportunity after 1-0 to get more of an advantage, you need to take it. We didn’t.’Should Arsenal sack Unai Emery?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Unai Emery explains decision to start Mesut Ozil for Arsenal’s game against WolvesMORE: Granit Xhaka sends message to Arsenal fans ahead of Wolves clash Advertisement About Connatix V67539 Full Screen Top articles by Metro SPONSORED Skip Read More PLAY Skip Ad Mesut Ozil made only his second Premier League appearance of the season against Wolves (Picture: Getty)Mesut Ozil admitted Arsenal have plenty to work on after they were held at home by Wolves on his Premier League return.The 31-year-old starred Wednesday’s extraordinary Carabao Cup tie against Liverpool which Arsenal eventually lost 5-4 on penalties following a 5-5 draw at Anfield.Having been left out of the previous six matchday squads, Ozil was rewarded with only his second Premier League appearance of the season by Unai Emery, but the former Real Madrid playmaker was unable to inspire his team to a much-needed victory.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fired Arsenal into the lead with his 50th goal for the club, but Raul Jimenez’s 76th minute header earned Wolves, who registered an astonishing 25 shots on goal, a deserved point.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling center_img Read More Read More Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 2 Nov 2019 6:50 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link17Shares Mesut Ozil sends message to Arsenal fans after demoralising Wolves draw Video Settings / Coming Next Read More 1 min. story Advertisement Read Morelast_img read more

Ft. Lauderdale Garage Shooting Leaves One Dead, Three Injured

first_imgOne man was killed and three others sustained non-life threatening injuries in a shooting that took place early Sunday in a parking garage near the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.According to Fort Lauderdale Police spokeswoman Casey Liening, the incident happened around 4:15 a.m. at 101 S.W. Fifth Avenue.The parking garage also serves the Museum of Discovery and Science, as well as nearby restaurants and clubs.Debbie Anestor, the aunt of one of the victims, says that her 25-year-old nephew, Bidline Vil, and his girlfriend got into a dispute with someone at one of the adjacent nightclubs, when the argument carried over to the garage. She says her nephew then shot and killed the other man in self-defense, adding,”He saved many lives by killing him. He’s a hero.”Anestor says her nephew, who has a concealed weapons permit, was shot five times during the altercation, and his girlfriend was shot once.The three victims who were injured were treated at Broward Health Medical Center.The investigation is ongoing.last_img read more

Getting to know Montana basketball

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on March 21, 2013 at 5:23 pm Contact Jacob: | @Jacob_Klinger_ Related Stories Just in time: Syracuse playing best ball of season as it heads into NCAA TournamentMontana to mix zone, man-to-man against SyracuseBearing down: Despite injuries to key players, Montana carries momentum from stellar regular season into NCAA TournamentGallery: Syracuse practices in San Jose a day before taking on Montana in the NCAA TournamentQ&A with Montana beat writer Bob Meseroll of the Missoulian Syracuse’s NCAA Tournament opponents, the No. 13-seed Montana Grizzles have their own fair share of basketball history.How they got here:Big Sky conference champions, they beat Weber State Wildcats 67-64 in the tournament championship.Home court:Dahlberg ArenaAdvertisementThis is placeholder textNCAA Tournament appearances (10):1975, 1991, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2012, 2013Best NCAA Tournament finish:1975, Sweet 16. The Grizzlies lost to UCLA in the West region semifinals before losing to UNLV in the regional 3rd-place game.Winningest coach:George Dahlberg (1937-42, 1944-55)235-233Big Sky tournament titles (9):1991, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2012, 2013Highest NBA draft pick:M.R. Richardson, 4th overall 1978, New York KnicksRichardson played eight seasons in the NBA, four with the Knicks, half of one with the Golden State Warriors and the rest of his career with the New Jersey Nets.Career statsPPG14.8RPG 5.5APG 7.0Steals/game 2.6FG% 46%3FG% 22%FT % 69%last_img read more

In evaluating O’Neill, look past the 16 losses

first_imgPlain and simple, USC coach Kevin O’Neill has been one of the unluckiest coaches in college basketball over the past three years, since taking over at USC in June 2009.After winning the Diamond Head Classic and the first two games of Pac-10 play during his first season at USC, O’Neill’s squad was slapped with self-imposed sanctions, in an effort by the university to make amends for the actions of men who were no longer associated with the athletic program.Last season, he then had to replace four of the top-six players from his sanction-imposed team, and, although he did so in admirable fashion, the Trojans got utterly embarrassed by the eventual darling of the tournament, VCU, in the first round.The cards were stacked against O’Neill when the 2011-2012 season began.Gone was Nikola Vucevic, the team’s leading scorer and rebounder from a year ago, defensive stoppers Alex Stepheson and Marcus Simmons and 3-point specialist Donte Smith.To add insult to injury, no pun intended, the team lost its only dynamic scorer in guard Jio Fontan, when the senior transfer from Fordham tore his anterior cruciate ligament during a preseason game in Brazil this summer.Throw in the fact that this year’s opening night starting lineup against Cal State Northridge featured two freshmen, guard Alexis Moore and guard Byron Wesley; one sophomore, guard Maurice Jones; and two transfers, redshirt junior forward Aaron Fuller and redshirt sophomore forward Dewayne Dedmon. O’Neill’s work was certainly cut out for him.So much so that I believe wins and losses should not even factor into the equation when discussing if the long-time NBA and collegiate coach should keep his job after this forgettable season concludes.It’s nothing against his ability to coach or the character and work ethic of his players. This year’s men’s basketball team was doomed to fall short from the start.Compile that with the season-ending injuries sustained by Fuller and Dedmon over the past few weeks, and any expectations of success would be foolish, to say the least.There are those who subscribe to the notion that a real man makes his own luck, and if that is true, you likely would prefer if O’Neill was not retained in a few months.USC Athletic Director Pat Haden, however, has gone on record as recently as this past weekend stating that O’Neill unequivocally won’t be fired at the end of the year.But I caution all critics, whether they’re fans or administrators, to not come to any sort of firm conclusion just yet.The final nine games the Trojans play this season will be more telling about O’Neill’s future than the previous 22 they’ve stumbled through.Granted, they have as many wins this season as they have players currently in street clothes, but the final act of the 2011-2012 season should reveal just what kind of leader and motivator O’Neill is.Throw out the standings and even the team’s upcoming schedule. It could be Washington or UCLA or Duke or UNC, that part of it doesn’t really matter much. A 5-4 stretch or a 0-9 stretch to end the season still leaves the team well outside of even a tournament bubble.What matters is whether or not this team of young bloods, walk-ons and overmatched players can do the little things well. As O’Neill has said throughout the year, every member of this team has been forced to do more than they’ve ever been asked to do on a basketball floor. Because of that, every night the rest of the way, they will be overmatched on the court.Nonetheless, a coach worthy of keeping his job should get his team — regardless of the roster — to out-hustle the other team, to dive for loose balls, to set hard screens, to box out, to maintain good body language in spite of the deficit on a scoreboard.A coach worthy of keeping his job reminds his team day in and day out that it is a privilege to wear and represent the cardinal and gold. And with that privilege comes the responsibility of wearing the name and school colors with a sense of pride.During the team’s recent nine-game slide, the glaring deficiency wasn’t a void left by an injury or lack of talent; it was a general sense of apathy when times got tough.I am not questioning the heart or desire of any member of USC’s basketball team. I firmly believe each of them, as competitors, has a strong passion for the game of basketball. But, even when losing becomes pervasive, as it has this season, that’s never an excuse to let up or give in.The 2011-2012 season has handed the basketball program some of the roughest lemons across the country, but it wouldn’t hurt to see O’Neill’s squad try and make lemonade out of it over the final nine-game stretch.There isn’t much to play for these days if you measure a season only by a win-loss record, but in many ways the Trojans are playing for everything, whether it’s for the name on the front of the jersey, pride or for their coach’s future.To succeed in this task, O’Neill need not rely on luck. After all, inspiring his team to execute the intangibles comes only from what lies within. “For the Love of the Game” runs Wednesdays. To comment on this article, please visit or email David at read more

USC cornerback Josh Shaw suspended indefinitely

first_imgSenior cornerback and co-captain Josh Shaw has been suspended from all football activities indefinitely after he admitted about lying about the nature of the ankle injuries he sustained on Saturday night.Shaw shanks redemption – Senior cornerback Josh Shaw (6) had four interceptions for the Trojans last season and was recently named a team captain. News of his suspension comes three days before the Trojans are set to face Fresno State.On Sunday, USC Athletics released a statement saying that Shaw was out indefinitely after suffering two high ankle sprains because he leapt from a balcony at a family function in order to save his nephew who was drowning in the pool.Monday morning at practice, head coach Steve Sarkisian disclosed that USC had received inquiries questioning the validity of the story and that he would look into it.Still, coaches and players reaffirmed their faith in Shaw’s character, stating that he had always demonstrated good character both on and off the field.But on Wednesday afternoon, Shaw came to USC’s athletic department and admitted to fabricating the entire story about rescuing his nephew.“We are extremely disappointed in Josh,” Sarkisian told “He let us all down. As I have said, nothing in his background led us to doubt him when he told us of his injuries, nor did anything after our initial vetting of his story.“I appreciate that Josh has now admitted that he lied and has apologized. Although this type of behavior is out of character for Josh, it is unacceptable. Honesty and integrity must be at the center of our program. I believe Josh will learn from this. I hope that he will not be defined by this incident, and that the Trojan Family will accept his apology and support him.”Shaw issued the following statement via his lawyer, Donald Etra: “On Saturday August 23, 2014, I injured myself in a fall. I made up a story about this fall that was untrue. I was wrong to not tell the truth. I apologize to USC for this action on my part. My USC coaches, the USC Athletic Department, and especially coach Sarkisian have all been supportive of me during my college career and for that, I am very grateful.”USC’s athletic department also issued an apology for running the original story.last_img read more

EnergyBet shares frustration over Polish market withdrawal

first_img EnergyBet has confirmed that it will be withdrawing from the Polish market as of 1 April, 2017. In line with many other online international gambling services, the operator will cease to direct any advertising or promotions towards the market.EnergyBet had been watching developments regarding regulations in Poland closely for some time, and had hoped that the Polish government would listen to the advice of the European Union and other authorities. However, company management has since decided that the “highly restrictive and hostile regulatory environment” makes continued operations unviable.Marcin Sapinski, EnergyBet CEO, commented: “The Polish market has always been very important to us, and we share the frustration of Polish customers. We will continue to monitor developments, with the aim of returning to the Polish market if things change. In the meantime, we would like to thank our Polish customers for their understanding.”Sapinski stressed that “the decision to cease offering EnergyBet services to customers in Poland was not taken lightly”, and that the resulting inconvenience and disappointment is regrettable.Accounts for all Polish residents will be closed and any balances returned, with bets placed before the cut-off date being honoured. Meanwhile, EnergyBet affiliate partners have also been instructed to remove advertising and promotions aimed at the Polish market by the end of the month. Polish wagering report highlights STS market dominance  August 17, 2020 Share Share Related Articles StumbleUpon Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 Betsson rolls out new Group Affiliates site August 7, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

My entry to the ring against Momba on Dec.26 will be extraordinary- Tagoe

first_imgEmmanuel Tagoe has promised another intriguing entry when he mounts the ring against Sidicki Momba on December 26 in Accra.The ‘Game Boy’ will be coming up against his Tanzanian counterpart for the WBA Intercontinental Championship in the bout being staged by Asamoah Gyan’s Baby Jet Promotions.Tagoe is promising another grand entry into the ring to continue  his tradition of a jaw-dropping introduction.Game Boy entered the ring in the heated bout against George Ashie in a King’s Palanquin while emerging on the back of a horse – enjoying a kingly ride – when he fought Ronald Pontillas.The James Town native without giving anything away promises another exciting entry on his Boxing Day bout against Momba.“Everyone knows how I take my entry very serious,” he told “It is always an opportunity to make a statement and I do not shy away from that.“I will come up with something exciting but then you have to be there to see.”Ticket prices for the bout on December 26 are already out with ringside tickets going for 50 Ghana cedis and regular pegged at 10 Ghana cedis.last_img read more

Mike Napoli retires from MLB after 12 seasons

first_img Former MLB players Luis Valbuena, Jose Castillo killed in car crash in Venezuela “After much thought and consideration with my family, I have decided to retire from the game of baseball,” Napoli wrote, in part. “I dreamed about playing baseball since I was a little kid growing up in Hollywood, FL and I was lucky enough to get paid to play a kids game for 18 years.”THANK YOU…— Mike Napoli (@MikeNapoli25) December 8, 2018Napoli played on four different teams during his career as he spent time with the Angels, Rangers, Red Sox and Indians. He last played in the majors in 2017.  Related News “I hope to be remembered as someone who always tried to keep the clubhouse atmosphere light and inclusive, making sure that everyone was respected by his peers while leading by example, both on and off the field.”Napoli ended his letter with one more thank you as he explained he’s looking forward to the future and his next venture.”This is the end of my playing career, but the beginning of the next chapter in my professional life – one window closes and another one opens. I look forward to exploring opportunities in the baseball world as I plan to continue giving back to the game that has given me so much. Until then, again, thank you.” Mike Napoli is ready to call it a career after 12 seasons in MLB as he announced his retirement Saturday. In a lengthy letter posted on Twitter, the 37-year-old explained his decision while thanking everyone who helped him throughout his career.  “The memories will last forever – my first big league homerun in May of 2006 with Los Angeles; behind the plate for the 2011 postseason with Texas and 2012 All-Star Game in Kansas City; at first base for the playoff runs with Boston in 2013 and Cleveland in 2016; and the list goes on and on.” Napoli ends his career with a .246/.346/.475 slash line with 267 home runs and 744 RBI. He owned a career .228/.322/.396 line in the postseason and hit eight homers with 30 RBI in 66 games over the course of eight playoff runs. Napoli hopes he is remembered not only for what he did on the field, but also the impact he had on his teams. last_img read more