Gov’t eyes tighter rule to restrict long overtime work

http://www.japantoday.com/category/business/view/govt-eyes-tighter-rule-to-restrict-long-overtime-work

 

TOKYO —

The Japanese government is considering setting an upper limit to the length of overtime work allowed under the labor standards law as part of its efforts to reform the nation’s labor system.

In Japan, companies can ask employees to work overtime once they form a labor-management agreement, which allows up to 45 hours of overtime work per month, or up to 360 hours per year.

Further extra work is also available once management and labor agree to set a higher ceiling to the length of overtime under a “special clause” as exceptional cases, while the government sets no limits to the working time.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration is now considering setting the ceiling to the available overtime work allowed under the special clause so as to resist criticism the government is allowing Japan’s notorious long hours of work.

The government is expected to announce a plan for restricting long hours of work when it compiles a scheme to attain the Abe administration’s goal of achieving a “society in which all 100 million people in the nation can play active roles” in May.

The scheme is also expected to include a plan for improving nonregular workers’ pay to ensure equality of treatment for people who are committed to the same workload.

It is still unclear how the ideas on labor reform can take form as it is almost certain the business community will object to such government-led changes, observers said.

According to a survey by the labor ministry in 2013, 40.5% of the 11,100 companies surveyed nationwide had the special clause. Of the companies having the special clause, 15% said they allow more than 800 hours of overtime work per year.

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Man Hating Feminists Go Crazy After Jian Ghomeshi Found Not Guilty Of Rape

http://www.returnofkings.com/83865/feminists-go-crazy-after-jian-ghomeshi-found-not-guilty-of-rape

Former Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) radio host Jian Ghomeshi has been sensationally acquitted of all five charges at the end of his first trial in Toronto. Four of the charges related to allegations of sexual assault and the fifth to an accusation of choking. The judge, William Horkins, found that Ghomeshi’s three accusers were “less than full and frank and forthcoming” in their statements to the media, various police officials, and within the court system.

Horkins additionally ruled that the crown’s case relied solely on the word of the witnesses. Consequently, The Guardian was one of the many liberal papers forced to concede, even indirectly, that there was zero hard evidence against Ghomeshi. The only other “evidence” remaining, accuser testimony, was found to be inconsistent and blatantly dishonest.

The impact on Ghomeshi’s life has been immense. He lost his lucrative job with CBC, having hosted the program Q, the highest-rated show of its kind in the broadcaster’s history. He has also paid more five figure legal bills than you or I have pairs of underwear and socks. In the meantime, both powerful and average Canadians and others around the world have repeatedly referred to him as a “rapist,” to the point where the defamers number in the hundreds of thousands or perhaps millions. His only “crime” so far has been his enjoyment of consensual BDSM activities.

Following the decision, social media erupted with rabid feminist insistences that Ghomeshi was “guilty.” Yet this was not before one topless chipmunk woman with a bull-ring (or giant booger) and words like “MISOGYNY” painted on her body tried to say in nude actions that due process constitutes hatred of women. Stupidly, she did so when the Crown, her “feminist ally” and the prosecutorial body that claimed Ghomeshi was guilty, was giving its post-court statement:

Although Ghomeshi is facing a second trial on three other counts of sexual assault involving three more women later in the year, the process and outcome of this first trial has been telling. As Judge Horkins reminded the court:

There is no other evidence to look to determine the truth. There is no tangible evidence. There is no DNA. There is no ‘smoking gun’.

What is more is that the claims that facilitated the charges for the first trial came from alleged events in 2002 and 2003. If the incidents supposedly occurred nearly fifteen years ago, police would never even investigate, let alone make charges over the vast majority of accusations involving purported physical assaults or burglaries. The reason for this is that there would be most often be no fair way of determining what happened, given the extended length of time. Nevertheless, no matter how little evidence accompanies them, sexual assault accusations are seen as an idyllic island separate from the rest of the judicial world. Jian Ghomeshi has learned this first hand.

UN appoints anti Israel Canadian law professor, Rapporteur on Palestinian Territories

http://en.cijnews.com/?p=30808

 

This morning (March 24, 2016), the UN Human Rights Council appointed Canadian law professor Stanley Michael Lynk, Western University, to the position of Special Rapporteur on Palestinian territories.

Lynk is well known for his outspoken bias against Israel. UN Watch called it a “travesty of justice and a breach of the world body’s own rules.” Montreal born CEO Hillel Neur noted that Lynk condemned Israel for alleged “war crimes” in Gaza in 2009 and solving the conflict by going “back to l948 , the date of partition and the start of ethnic cleansing.”

In a letter to Prime Minister Trudeau, the Hon. Tony Clement and the Hon. Peter Kent accused Lynk of “playing a leading role in the Canadian Palestinian Education Exchange, a group which promotes” Israeli Apartheid Week” events, addresses “One State” conferences which seek to eliminate Israel and calls for the prosecution of Israel for war crimes.”

UN Watch also reported that Lynk blamed the September 11, 2001 attacks on “global inequalities” and “disregard by Western nations for the international rule of law”.

“One day after Islamists murdered and maimed hundreds in the heart of Europe, the UN’s appointment of someone who instinctively blames such attacks on the alleged crimes of Western nations sends absolutely the worst message, at the worst time,” UN Watch stated.

Avi Benlolo, President and CEO of the Canadian Wiesenthal Centre, said in a statement: “The UN Human Rights Council is seen as a farce by the west and civil society and this is yet another example…This year, the Council is chaired by Saudi Arabia, one of the world’s worst human rights offenders.”

The UN mandate is focused only on investigating Israel’s human rights violations. Lynk would replace Makarim Wibisono, an Indonesian diplomat who in his final report, criticized a “lack of cooperation (that) regrettably seems to signal the continuation under which Palestinians suffer daily human rights violations under the Israeli occupation.”

Canada recently announced a contribution of $15 million to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. The Wiesenthal Centre is calling on the government to denounce Lynk’s appointment and to withdraw funding.

The UN Human Rights Council is expected to accept the appointment on Thursday, without a vote.

Michael Lynk: In His Own Words (UN Watch)

Cites Nazis to Indict Israelis: Speaking in 2005 at the annual gathering of anti-Israel campaigners organized by the UN’s Division for Palestinian Rights, Lynk cited Nazi war crimes in his call for “legal strategies” to prosecute Israelis. Lynk proposed a strategy to target Israelis in the domestic courts of Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. His paper only addressed alleged violations by Israel, while turning a blind eye to war crimes committed by Palestinian, Hezbollah, and Iranian state and non-state actors. “Legal strategies,” said Lynk, “can often form an important part of a broader political and social campaign.”

Blames 9/11 on the West: Only three days after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that destroyed the World Trade Center in New York, Lynk pointed the finger not at radical Islamist terrorism, but at Western countries. Although 3,000 innocent victims were killed by Al Qaeda terrorists, Lynk chose to blame “global inequalities” and “disregard by Western nations for the international rule of law.” Lynk attributed blame to Western democracies yet notably omitted direct causes such as the 15 Saudi hijackers, the funding of terrorism by members of the Saudi regime, or the sustained Saudi export of extreme Wahhabist ideology worldwide. While Lynk’s September 14, 2001 statement included a pro forma condemnation of the attacks, he immediately diluted this by an amorphous reference to terrorism “everywhere.” Worse, Lynk qualified his condemnation with a “yet” where he proceeded to blame the West. The 9/11 conspiracy website “911 Blogger” has hosted Lynk statements.

Prosecuting Israel is “The Principal Issue”: Lynk said that “the principal issue is to persuade countries, like Canada, France, Australia, England, and other countries that accepted the Rome Statute, to try Israel,” in an interview with IslamOnline.net, where he failed to call for prosecuting any Palestinian leaders for war crimes such as targeting civilians.

Supports “Israel Apartheid Week”: At Western University, Lynk has hosted anti-Israel events and speakers. He has promoted “Israel Apartheid Week.”

Seeks “Victory” at ICC to “Isolate Israel”: Lynk has called for “a victory at the International Criminal Court” that would “isolate Israel.” In his view, this would in itself “reestablish the importance of universal values.”

Pedestrian has life-threatening injuries after being struck by vehicle downtown

http://toronto.ctvnews.ca/pedestrian-has-life-threatening-injuries-after-being-struck-by-vehicle-downtown-1.2830409

 

Paul Johnston, CTV Toronto
Published Wednesday, March 23, 2016 9:03PM EDT

A female pedestrian is being rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries after being struck by a vehicle in downtown Toronto, paramedics say.

It happened on King Street near Ontario Street at around 8:15 p.m.

The circumstances surrounding the incident were not immediately known.

The age of the victim was also not immediately provided.

King Street is currently closed between Berkeley and Sherbourne streets as police investigate.

Canadian Imam likens ISIS attacks in Brussels to Western attacks in the Middle East

http://en.cijnews.com/?p=30769

Mazin AbdulAdhim, a prominent Canadian Imam of Iraqi descent who is affiliated with the radical Islamic global movement of Hizb ut-Tahrir, slams the Western media for its “biased” coverage of ISIS attacks in Brussels, Belgium.

“The media in the world today belongs to the colonialist West. Only their people’s lives have a value to it, only their property have a value to them, and only their lands should be protected and immune to attack,”wrote Mazin AbdulAdhim on his Facebook page on March 23, 2016.

He added, “Muslims can be bombed daily, and thousands can die daily, and a thousand airports can be turned to rubble, and it wouldn’t matter to the global media, because the colonialists own every major media outlet globally, and Muslims are nothing more than rebellious slaves – and an opponent and an enemy – to the colonialists, and neither a friend nor an ally.”

“Let’s not act like this attack in Brussels is any worse than the tens of attacks on civilian targets perpetrated by the colonialist West every month,” Mazin AbdulAdhim concluded.

Mazin AbdulAdhim vehemently opposes the Caliphate founded by ISIS in Iraq and Syria and does not accept the authority of its self proclaim Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Rather he advocates for a new Caliphate that will implement the Islamic Law word for word, extend its authority over all the Muslim lands and unite all Muslims in the world under the flag of Islam.

In a video clip on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr (July 17, 2015) at the end of the month of Ramadan, Imam Abdul Adhim explained that the Muslim Ummah (nation) is one body, and all its woes in the different parts of split up Muslim lands are originated only from the lack of a home for Islam and the absence of an Islamic regime that is able to represent the Ummah, as all Muslim regimes today are “traitors” or serving the interest of the “enemy” (the picture of US President Barack Obama was shown in the background).

The only solution, said Imam Abdul Adhim, is to call for the implementation of the teachings of Islam as a whole, to teach the Ummah about the Islamic ruling system, the economic system, the social system, theforeign policy etc. and categorically rejecting the idea of secularizing Islam. Abdul Adhim’s role model is Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam, who brought about a political change by first founding a group of supporters, then changed the beliefs of the society and later changed the political loyalties in society and of the army.

The Canadian Imam of Iraqi descent emphasized that this call is not addressing the Muslim Ummah only, but also is intended to spur the Muslim armies to take a concrete action against the “colonial puppet” regimes and support the call for establishing the Caliphate. “We need an Imam, we need a Khaleefah [Caliph] to unite us,” concluded Imam Abdul Adhim stressing once again that it is the responsibility of both the Ummah and the armies to make it happen.

Imam Abdul Adhim expresses his deep commitment to the ideology of Hizb ut-Tahrir. The following are excerpts of his recorded speeches in recent years:

Pledging allegiance only to the Islamic Caliphate

“So this is the problem that without a Khilafah [Caliphate, Islamic State] Islam cannot be implemented and individually are obligated to give a baya [allegiance] to a Khalifah [Caliph, head of the Islamic State]…

“So it is required for us to give a baya [allegiance] to a Khalifah [Caliph, head of the Islamic State], but since there is no Khilafah [Caliphate] you can’t have a Khalifah [Caliph] therefore it is fard [obligatory] upon us to re-establish the Khilafah [Caliphate] so we can give a baya [allegiance] to a Khalifah [Caliph]…

“And that’s why it is a call not only to the brothers here, not only to the brothers who are watching online, everybody who has any capacity of spreading this word all the way to the armies of the Muslims, our brothers and sisters. This word has to reach them. They have to understand that this is the only way forward. It’s the only way to achieve the nasr [support] of Allah ‘Azza wa Jalla [Owner of Greatness and Reverence] is to support this dean [religion] and this call to Khilafah [Caliphate].”

Rejecting democracy

“And that’s what I want to do. I want to present to you the alternative view, the view that says that voting in a secular democratic system, in a system that will not implement Islam, that does not implement Islam, to vote for anybody to become a legislator in such a system it is something that Islam forbids and I want to present the evidence for this…

“What our identity is? We are Muslims, strewn about all across the planet without anybody who represents us. We are Muslims who are actually belong to the Khilafah [Caliphate]. The Khilafah [Caliphate] represents us and it was destroyed in 1924. We are responsible for working to re-establish it. So this is the first thing. We must work to establish the Khilafah [Caliphate].”

Supporting cutting off thieves’ hands

“The punishments: cutting a hand of a thief and whipping the fornicator and so on. What do you do in these situations? How does it work? This is the last resort after you’ve established this system… You’ve showed them that if you do it the punishment is so severe it will stop them from doing it.”