Employers denying jobs to applicants based on medical histories, gov’t study finds

Some Japanese companies demand job applicants provide personal medical histories and deny employment based on their content, a Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) research group has discovered. The ministry has directed employers not to ask for medical information unrelated to the positions in question, citing a risk of employment discrimination, while the research … Read more

Seizures rising over unpaid health insurance premiums

Municipal governments increasingly are seizing assets of individuals who are behind in their national health insurance premium payments, an Asahi Shimbun survey shows. The survey showed such asset seizures rose an average 1.7-fold from fiscal 2001 to 2005 in the nation’s 15 largest cities and Tokyo’s 23 wards. National health insurance programs cover self-employed people, … Read more