Head of Japan’s top ad firm to quit after new recruit’s death from overwork

President of Dentsu to step down a year after Matsuri Takahashi killed herself, sparking calls for Japan to overhaul work culture

Dentsu president Tadashi Ishii, centre, bows during press conference where he announced his resignation.
Dentsu president Tadashi Ishii, centre, bows during press conference where he announced his resignation. Photograph: The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images

The head of Japan’s biggest advertising agency is to resign, as prosecutors launch an investigation into his firm for enforcing excessive overtime after an overworked employee took her own life.

Tadashi Ishii, the president of Dentsu, said he would step down next month, just over a year after Matsuri Takahashi killed herself at a company dormitory in a case Japanese authorities classified as karoshi, or death from overwork. Tiếp tục đọc “Head of Japan’s top ad firm to quit after new recruit’s death from overwork”

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As China’s Largest Freshwater Lake Shrinks, Solution Faces Criticism

Hundreds of thousands of migratory birds, including the endangered Siberian crane, gathering for the winter at Poyang, China’s largest freshwater lake, in Jiangxi Province. Credit Visual China Group, via Getty Images

HONG KONG — Long celebrated as China’s largest freshwater lake, Poyang reaches more than three times the expanse of Los Angeles in the summer wet season. It is home to the rare Yangtze finless porpoise, and its mud flats are the primary winter feeding grounds for thousands of birds that fly south each autumn to escape Siberia’s chill, including the critically endangered Siberian crane.

Now it is Poyang itself that is at risk.

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New births bring hope for Mekong dolphins in Cambodia

Japan Times Dec 28, 2016

Conservation group WWF announced Tuesday that 10 new Irrawaddy dolphin calves were sighted this year in the section of Mekong River that runs through Cambodia, raising hope of saving the species from local extinction.

It said the birth of the calves — seven in Kratie province and three in Stung Treng province — are a “great encouragement and reward” of its decade-long collaborative efforts with Cambodia’s Fisheries Administration to protect the critically endangered species. Tiếp tục đọc “New births bring hope for Mekong dolphins in Cambodia”