In two cases, in 2017 and 2019, an engineer and a salesperson at top automaker Toyota took their own lives due to on-the-job pressure including so-called “power harassment” by superiors. The company’s failure to rein in abusive bosses points to wider issues with Japan’s workplace culture.
A 19-year-old youth, whose name is being withheld because he is a minor, has been detained by police in Kofu, Yamanashi for alleged involvement in a home break-in, assault, and arson that left two parents dead. His motive is thought to be emotional attachment to the eldest daughter of the family.
ノーベル賞受賞者の真鍋さんが好奇心とコミュニケーションの重要性を強調【Nobel laureate Manabe emphasizes importance of curiosity, communication】
Speaking about the research environment in his home country of Japan and how it compares to the US, Syukuro Manabe, one of three winners of the 2021 Nobel Prize in Physics, emphasized the importance of curiosity-driven research, and of communication between scientists and the government that shapes policy.
The new LDP president Fumio Kishida has promised to boost incomes and economically assist those affected by COVID-19, but a general election in November will indicate public approval of these policies and the potential longevity of his administration.