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Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare

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The Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare 厚生労働省, Kōsei-rōdō-shō is a cabinet level ministry of the Japanese government It is commonly known as Kōrō-shō 厚労省 in Japan The ministry provides regulations on maximum residue limits for agricultural chemicals in foods, basic food and drug regulations, standards for foods, food additives, etc

It was formed with the merger of the former Ministry of Health and Welfare or Kōsei-shō 厚生省 and the Ministry of Labour or Rōdō-shō 労働省

The Minister of Health, Labour, and Welfare is a member of the Cabinet and is chosen by the Prime Minister, typically from among members of the Diet

Contents

  • 1 Organization
  • 2 Investigations
    • 21 Highway tour bus companies
  • 3 Criticism
  • 4 See also
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

Organizationedit

The ministry contains the following sections:

  • The Minister's Secretariat including the Statistics and Information Department
  • The Health Policy Bureau
  • The Health Service Bureau
  • Pharmaceutical and Food Safety Bureau including the Food Safety Department
  • The Labor Standards Bureau including the Industrial Safety and Health Department, Workers Compensation Department, and Workers' Life Department
  • The Employment Security Bureau including the Employment Measures for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities Department
  • The Human Resources Development Bureau
  • The Equal Employment, Children and Families Bureau
  • The Social Welfare and War Victims' Relief Bureau including the Department of Health and Welfare for People with Disabilities
  • The Health and Welfare Bureau for the Elderly
  • The Health Insurance Bureau
  • The Pension Bureau
  • The Director-General for Policy Planning and Evaluation
  • Affiliated research institutions 6 research institutes, 218 national hospitals, 13 quarantine stations, and 3 Social Welfare Facilities
  • Councils Social Security Council, Health Sciences Council, Labour Policy Council, Medical Ethics Council, Pharmaceutical Affairs and Food Sanitation Council, Evaluation Committee for Independent Administrative institutions, Central Minimum Wages Council, Labour Insurance Appeal Committee, Central Social Insurance Medical Council, Examination Committee of Social Insurance, Examination Committee for Certification of Sickness and Disability, Examination Committee for Relief Assistances
  • Regional Bureaus 8 Regional Bureaus of Health and Welfare and 47 Prefectural Labour Bureaus
  • External Bureaus Japan Pension Service, Central Labor Relations Commission1

Investigationsedit

Highway tour bus companiesedit

After an fatal bus accident on April 29, 2012, where a bus bound for Tokyo Disneyland crashed in Gunma Prefecture killing seven and injuring 39 others,2 the ministry launched an investigation into highway bus companies Investigations were carried out at a total of 339 businesses It was discovered that 956% 324 firms were violating the Labor Standards Law and the Industrial Safety and Health Law 219 businesses 646% broke the law by having their drivers work behind the wheel more than the legal maximum of eight hours a day and 40 hours a week, or longer than what was agreed upon with their labor union It also found 37 businesses, 109%, did not provide "at least one day off a week," which the law obliges employers to give their drivers Also, it found that 260 766% did not observe standards involving bus driver working hours, which prohibit them from working more than 16 hours a day in combined driving and office time The ministry said it took "corrective measures" with those who violated the laws3

Criticismedit

Published ministry employee and outspoken critic Moriyo Kimura states that the ministry's medical officers ikei gikan are "corrupt and self-serving" Kimura states that the officers, who number 250, have little experience and see no patients nor practice medicine after being hired by the ministry Thus, says Kimura, Japan's public health policies lag behind other developed countries, by "decades"4

See alsoedit

  • European Medicines Agency
  • International Conference on Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Registration of Pharmaceuticals for Human Use
  • Drug development
  • Clinical trial
  • US Department of Health and Human Services

Referencesedit

  1. ^ Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare website Organization of the Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare Retrieved on November 23rd 2010
  2. ^ The Japan Times Bus crash in Gunma leaves seven dead, 39 injured April 30 2012 Retrieved on July 27, 2012
  3. ^ The Yomiuri Shimbun 80% of tour bus firms found to violate laws July 20 2012 Retrieved on July 27, 2012
  4. ^ Otake, Tomoko, "Ministry insider speaks out", Japan Times, November 1, 2009, p 10

External linksedit

  • Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare
  • Japan Guidances

Coordinates: 35°40′23″N 139°45′11″E / 35673°N 139753°E / 35673; 139753

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