Japan struggles to convince older people to stop driving

With his head bowed and in a voice that was breaking with emotion, the husband of Mana Matsunaga and the father of their daughter, 3-year-old Riko, reignited the debate in Japan about old people getti...

Minister of the Interior visits I-Mei, announces change to Taiwan residence permits for migrant workers

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Minister of the Interior visited Philippine workers at the I-Mei factory in Taoyuan to announce an official change of title on their resident permits from “forei...

30 Taiwanese companies return home to invest total of more than NT$120 billion

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - A total of 30 Taiwanese companies were planning to return to their home country and invest more than a combined total of NT$120 billion (US$3.89 billion), the Ministry of Econom...

Japan's new visa regulation opens door to foreign labor

New Japanese visa regulations went into effect on April 1, allowing more migrant workers to enter Japan and take up some of the tens of thousands blue-collar jobs that are currently unfilled. While t...

Diverse, international flock awaits Pope Francis' UAE trip

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — At St. Mary's Catholic Church in Dubai, an effort to transcribe the Bible in the native tongue of its flock saw the holy book presented in 52 languages — a sign of t...

Shrinking Japan OKs divisive bill to get more foreign labor

TOKYO (AP) — Japan is set to approve legislation that would officially open the door to foreign workers to do unskilled jobs and possibly eventually become citizens. Lawmakers were d...

Japan Cabinet OKs bill that would allow more foreign workers

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Cabinet has approved a draft bill that would allow more foreign blue-color workers as the country's fast-aging population faces labor shortages. The bill, endors...

California tech company fined for H1-B visa violations

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Northern California company that federal officials say violated salary requirements of the country's foreign-worker visa program will pay a total of $173,044 to 12 workers, the ...

New Taipei officials investigate overcrowding after Vietnamese worker protest

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- After over a hundred Vietnamese workers took to the streets of Xizhi to protest overcrowded living conditions, the New Taipei City Department of Labor Affairs said yesterday (A...

Germany welcomes govt deal, wants to start work quickly

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has welcomed the coalition deal and says, "It's important that we start quickly with our work." Merkel was speaking Monday, a day after ...

Guam governor asks Defense Department to stop construction

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo has called for the U.S. Department of Defense to halt military construction projects on the island until the shortage of foreign labor is remedied. ...

Judge denies request for records on H-2B visa rejections

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A judge has denied a request for documents that would provide insight on why nearly all requests for use of temporary foreign labor on Guam under the H-2B visa program have been r...

Brazilians funneled as "slaves" by US church, ex-members say

SPINDALE, N.C. (AP) — When Andre Oliveira answered the call to leave his Word of Faith Fellowship congregation in Brazil to move to the mother church in North Carolina at the age of 18, his passport a...

AP Exclusive: Senator profits from outsourcing he slams

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana senator railed against Carrier Corp. for moving manufacturing jobs to Mexico last year, even as he profited from a family business that relies on Mexican labor to produc...

UN economist faces fraud charge in hiring of domestic worker

NEW YORK (AP) — A United Nations economist has been arrested in New York on fraud charges related to his hiring of a domestic worker. Hamidur Rashid was charged Tuesday in federal co...