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The rapid increase in the poverty rate in Japan lies behind a series of “deaths in solitude”. With job insecurity and cutbacks in public welfare programs increasing, it is becoming a tougher place to survive for people experiencing difficulties.
On March 13, two days before the March 15 tax return deadline, a total of about 140,000 farmers, small business owners, and pensioners held rallies and demonstrations at 540 locations throughout Japan in protest against Prime Minister Noda’s plan to submit a bill to increase the consumption tax rate to the Diet by the end of the month.
Hazardous duty pay has not been provided to workers at the bottom of the multi-layered subcontract system while they are battling to end the nuclear crisis at TEPCO’s Fukushima plant.
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