The proportion of Japanese people who paid premiums for the country's public pension programs in fiscal 2012 rose 0.3 percentage point from the previous year to 59.0 pct, the first increase in seven years, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said Monday.
The improvement came as the ministry started in the year to send special notices to those who do not pay premiums for long periods that their assets would be seized if they continue refusing to make payments, according to ministry.
The Supreme Court dismissed Thursday a lower court ruling that nullified suspensions and other disciplinary action against two male members of a company in Osaka due to sexual harassment in the workplace. (The Japan News)
Luxury marque Montblanc is to sell fountain pens made from a "miracle pine" tree that survived the 2011 tsunami, for a hefty $4,400, an official said, with just 20 percent of takings donated to local people. (AFP)