Japanese Trade, Justice Ministers Resign
Two of the five female ministers in Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet have resigned.
Both resigned Monday over claims they misused political funds to buy voter support.
Allegations against Trade Minister Yuko Obuchi - daughter of a former prime minister - began to emerge last week that she spent hundreds of thousands of dollars of election funds to subsidize the purchase of theater tickets and other gifts for her home constituency.
Just hours after Obuchi resigned, Justice Minister Midori Matsushima handed in her resignation over claims that she had violated election law by distributing paper fans with her name and picture on them to voters in her district. She said the fans should be allowed as "leaflets."
Prime Minister Abe said Monday, "I appointed them and as prime minister, I bear responsibility." He apologized to the Japanese people and said he would appoint their replacement by the end of the day.
The double resignations are the first significant problem for Mr. Abe since he swept to power in 2012, ending years of fragile governments that swapped out prime ministers on an annual basis.
Political funding scandals are a chronic problem in Japan. However, the types of gifts and sums of money at the center of the latest allegations are relatively trivial compared with the record of previous governments.
该组织发布的报告 - 《痛苦的收获》- 记录了韩国发生的普遍压榨外来农业劳工的情况。
Amnesty International: South Korea Abuses Migrant Agricultural Workers
Amnesty International says South Korea's farming industry is "rife with abuse," and has called on the country to end its widespread use of forced labor migrant agricultural workers.
A published report by AI (Bitter Harvest) documents the widespread exploitation of migrant agricultural workers in South Korea.
The report says the country's Employment Permit System, or EPS, is designed" to provide migrant labor to small and medium-sized enterprises that struggle to hire a sufficient number of national workers."
Amnesty International's migrant rights researcher, Norma Kang Muico, says South Korean authorities have created "a shameful system that allows trafficking for exploitation and forced labor to flourish." Muico says EPS is "a stain on the country."
The report, based on interviews with migrant agricultural workers across South Korea, documents a range of exploitation, including intimidation and violence, squalid accommodations, excessive working hours, no weekly rest days and unpaid overtime.