It’s New Years Eve, make it easy on yourself and check out these links to what I found interesting in the news.
- Homeless Japanese people are being hired for less than minimum wage for Fukushima cleanup.
It is allegedly the fault of Japanese gangsters.
In January, October and November, Japanese gangsters were arrested on charges of infiltrating construction giant Obayashi Corp’s network of decontamination subcontractors and illegally sending workers to the government-funded project.
In the October case, homeless men were rounded up at Sendai’s train station by Sasa, then put to work clearing radioactive soil and debris in Fukushima City for less than minimum wage, according to police and accounts of those involved. The men reported up through a chain of three other companies to Obayashi, Japan’s second-largest construction company.
- Here are 10 queer artists that you have to start listening to as soon as possible!
- Israel will provide free abortions to women ages 20-33 in 2014 and hope to raise this age to 40.
The funding will be part of Israel’s state-subsidized “health basket” next year, but the women will still be needed to appear before a state committee beforehand.
- Boy Scouts will be open to gay youth starting at the New Year. Openly gay adults will still be banned from volunteering or becoming staff members.
This arrangement has some remembering the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy and believe that it is only a matter of time before this band fails.