Tokyo starts ‘Jisa Biz’ staggered hours to ease morning rush


Some 260 companies participate in the campaign, which will run through July 25. Participants have introduced staggered work hours and let employees work outside their offices, according to Tokyo government officials. “Jisa” means “time difference.”

The metropolitan government hopes that the movement will help ease the stress that workers feel during their commuting time so they have more energy reserved for work.

Governor Yuriko Koike visited Shinjuku-Nishiguchi Station of the metropolitan government-run Toei Oedo Line to take a first-hand look at promotion events by participating companies.

Yamanashi Prefectural Police have arrested a 66-year-old village councilman for the alleged possession of stimulant drugs, reports the Sankei Shimbun. (tokyoreporter.com)

The Tokyo metropolitan government-backed “Jisa Biz” campaign to promote staggered work hours began on Tuesday, aimed at easing the morning rush on commuter trains in the most populated part of Japan. (Jiji)

The government said Tuesday it will launch large-scale control measures against fire ants at 68 ports that regularly receive containers from nations where the venomous, invasive species is commonly found. (Japan Times)

Japan has 227 public kindergartens, elementary, junior high and high schools with old chimneys that may scatter asbestos, an education ministry survey showed Tuesday. (Japan Times)

Education ministry panel approves private-sector English testing for university entrance (Japan Times)

Three male students attending Takushoku University Koryo Senior High School in Kisarazu, Chiba Prefecture, have been arrested for allegedly forcing a female acquaintance into prostitution, police said Tuesday. (Japan Today)

Japan will be holding talks on a Pacific Rim trade initiative rejected by U.S. President Donald Trump beginning Wednesday in the mountain resort town of Hakone, west of Tokyo. (Japan Today)

Prices of saury, a taste of Japanese autumn, ranged from 400 yen to 1,900 yen per fish, mostly less than half the prices of last year, in this year’s first auction at Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market on Monday. (Jiji)

A strong earthquake has struck Kagoshima prefecture in southwestern Japan.
(NHK)

The death toll from the record rainfall in northern Kyushu has reached 25, with dozens still unaccounted for. (NHK)


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