News from ILO Office for Japan
Press release: Lessons from Japan's tsunami response to aid Philippines Typhoon Haiyan victims (Tokyo, 19 February 2014)
Posted on 20 February 2014 - One hundred days after Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, a high-level delegation organized by the ILO and led by Roslinda Baldoz, Secretary for the Department of Labour and Employment (DOLE), visited Japan to learn more about natural disaster recovery and gather experiences that can help create a long-term rebuilding strategy for Typhoon Haiyan victims.
Press release: Japan allocates US$500,000 to help typhoon Haiyan livelihood recovery (Bangkok, 27 November 2013)
Posted on 27 November 2013 - The Government of Japan and the ILO have allocated US$500,000 to help support the post-Haiyan response in the Philippines. The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan has provided the funds under the ILO/Japan Fund for Building Social Safety Nets in Asia and the Pacific. The fund is to be used to support the recovery from natural disaster.
Press release: Japan ratifies the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006) (Geneva, 5 August 2013)
Posted on 5 August 2013 - Japan is the 40th ILO Member State to have its ratification registered and the 10th from the Asia-Pacific region - after Singapore, Australia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Palau, Philippines, Tuvalu and Viet Nam - to have ratified the international agreement.
Press release: ILO-Japan sign ¥30,831,000 skills' training initiative (Geneva, 14 June 2013)
Posted on 14 June 2013 - A collaboration between the Government of Japan and the International Labour Organization will strengthen a range of courses offered by the International Training Centre in Turin, Italy.
Feature article: Back to life after the great East Japan earthquake
Posted on 1 April 2013 - Residents of a city devastated by the 2011 tsunami pick up the pieces, showing just how crucial jobs are in times of disaster-recovery.
Press release: Japan pledges renewed support to reintegrate criminal and at-risk Somali youth back into communities (Nairobi, 30 August 2012)
Posted on 30 August 2012 - Empowering Somali youth by providing opportunities for work and education was identified as a Government of Japan priority when it announced the renewal of its support to a UN-led programme steering "at-risk" youth away from violent or criminal activities today.
Press release: New Initiative on Youth Employment for Sustainable Development funded by Japan launched in Kenya (Nairobi, 27 July 2012)
Posted on 27 July 2012 - The ILO, the Government of Japan and the Government of Kenya have jointly launched a new project - the Youth Employment for Sustainable Development Project (YESD) - aimed at addressing the escalating youth unemployment in Kenya while improving rural and urban road infrastructure.
Press release: ILO & Japan sign agreement to support natural disaster recovery in Asia-Pacific (Geneva, 12 June 2012)
Posted on 13 June 2012 - The ILO and the Government of Japan have signed a new Framework for Cooperation Agreement that will assist Asia-Pacific countries in dealing with the effects of natural disasters and strengthen the role of employment in early recovery and reconstruction.
Press release: Japan and ILO launched new partnership on Youth Employment for Sustainable Development in Kenya (Dar es Salaam/Addis Ababa, 5 April 2012)
Posted on 9 April 2012 - The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Government of Japan launched a new creative partnership program aimed at promoting youth employment for sustainable development of the East-African country of Kenya.
New Page on Great East Japan Earthquake
Posted on 20 May 2011 - Massive earthquake with the magnitude of 9.0, which hit 130 km off the northeastern coast of Japan on 11 March 2011 around 14:46, was followed by tsunami more than eight meters high causing widespread destruction along the Pacific coastline of the east part of Japan, particularly in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima Prefectures. It is reported that the number of deaths and injured exceeds 20,000 and nearly 10,000 people are still missing as of mid-May 2011. More than 171,000 people have been evacuated including from surrounding area of the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Station, which has been severely damaged by the disaster to cause the leakage of radioactive materials. Over 100,000 workers in the affected area have lost jobs. In view of the significance of the incident, the ILO Office for Japan has created special page on damages and tripartite responses to the disaster. Another new page marking the World Day for Safety and Health at Work (28 April) in 2011 includes information on occupational safety and health during recovery and reconstruction activities as well as mental health care at emergency situation including those of recovery workers.
ILO/FAO joint press release: ILO and FAO launch joint initiative to nurture peace, security and decent work in the Philippines; Government of Japan allocates 2.5 million USD for inter-agency programme (Manila, 4 March 2010)
Posted on 5 March 2010 - ILO and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations have launched a new project to help fishers, farmers and workers in a Philippine province affected by conflict and natural disasters, which is funded by the Government of Japan through the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security. The "Inter-agency Programme to Nurture Peace, Security and Decent Work through Local Development in Conflict Areas of the Philippines (Bondoc Peninsula)" will address extreme poverty and inequality as the root causes of social unrest and armed conflict on Bondoc Peninsula, Quezon province, where natural disasters have affected many people.
- New Page Created: ILO/Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) Public Seminar "The Social Economy in Africa" (Tokyo, 25 November 2009)
Posted on 3 February 2010 - We have created new page containing materials distributed at the public seminar on social economy in Africa held in November 2009. Video recording of keynote speech delivered by Mr. Jürgen Schwettmann, ILO Deputy Regional Director for Africa on "The Social Economy, Africa and ILO" is also available.
- Feature article: Japan becomes first country to ratify ILO Convention No.187
Posted on 25 July 2007 - On 24 July, Japan became the first country to ratify ILO Convention No.187 committing itself to reinforce its OSH system. The Convention which establishes a promotional framework for occupational safety and health (OSH) was adopted by the International Labour Conference in June 2006. ILO online reports from Japan where a number of serious occupational safety and health problems highlighted the need to further reinforce prevention programmes.
- New page: Interview with Ms. Doumbia-Henry, Director, ILO International Labour Standards Department (Tokyo, April 2006)
Posted on 13 September 2006 - Having been interviewed by Prof. Yozo Yokota, Professor of International Law,
Chuo Law School and member of the ILO Committee of Experts on the Application
of Conventions and Recommendations for a Japanese magazine, Ms. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry,
Director, ILO International Labour Standards Department, during her recent stay in Japan, talked about significance and prospects of Maritime Labour Convention, 2006.
ILO Office in Japan press release and press clippings