GOSI to take care of expats suffering from work injuries

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Saudi Gazette report

JEDDAH — The General Organization for Social Insurance (GOSI) has reiterated that it will bear the cost of living of any expatriate worker who is injured at work, local daily Al-Madina reported on Sunday.

If an injured worker needs the help of others to run his daily affairs of life he or she will be entitled to be paid about 50 percent of the proceedings of his insurance with a maximum ceiling of SR3,500 every month, GOSI said.

But if a worker objects to the preliminary medical report, he will be responsible to bear his expenses as long as his objection is under review.

“If the objection is accepted, the worker will be compensated,” GOSI said.

If a worker’s injury results in permanent disability then GOSI will bear the travel expenses of the worker to his or her home country.

GOSI said the entire compensation will be paid before the injured worker leaves for his or her home country.

GOSI said that it will be considered a work injury if an expatriate worker is injured in a traffic accident while on his/her way to work place or back home from work.

“It will be considered a work injury if an expatriate worker is hit by a car while on his way to have food or on his way to pray in a nearby mosque,” it said.

GOSI said it will also pay the cost of repatriating the dead body of an expatriate worker if he or she dies of a work injury. This will include paying the cost of Ghusl (washing) and other expenses, it added.

During the first nine months of 2016, GOSI registered 38,767 work injuries among Saudi and expatriate workers. It said that there were 375 deaths during the same period.

According to GOSI’s figures, there were 10,502 inured workers during the first nine months of the past year who were under medical treatment. It said, 920 of them have recovered and 128 have died due to work injuries.

 

Source  :  Saudi Gazette

Watchdog members claim Toshiba FY2016 accounts contain misstatements

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Some members of Japan’s securities watchdog are calling for an investigation into Toshiba Corp’s fiscal 2016 results, claiming that they contain significant misstatements, sources close to the matter said Saturday.

The members of the Securities and Exchange Surveillance Commission have distributed a statement urging its officials to quickly begin investigations into Toshiba’s financial results for fiscal 2016 in which the company booked huge losses stemming from its now-bankrupt U.S. nuclear unit Westinghouse Electric Co.

Without an investigation, the members warn that the credibility of the security market will be affected.

In August, Toshiba submitted its delayed financial results for fiscal 2016 after its auditor PricewaterhouseCoopers Aarata LLC issued an “opinion with qualifications” on Toshiba’s annual earnings report, meaning the figures are presented fairly overall and that only minor problems exist.

The auditor, however, issued an “adverse opinion” on Toshiba’s internal controls since the company overlooked massive losses related to its bankrupt U.S. nuclear unit.

PwC Aarata said in its auditor report attached to Toshiba’s annual financial statement that the Japanese firm “should have booked a respectable degree or all” of the massive losses stemming from the U.S. nuclear unit in fiscal 2015 instead of the following year.

Members of the watchdog calling for an investigation insist that an “opinion with qualifications” should be interpreted as meaning Toshiba’s accounts have “material misstatements partially.” They have warned that such an opinion should not be left unquestioned, the sources said.

Members of the securities watchdog make final judgments on whether recommending charges or criminal complaints are necessary. It is extremely rare for members to urge officials to carry out investigations, and officials have taken a more cautious view on quickly moving to an inspection.

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Source  :  Japan Today

Koike’s allies seek to repeat local success in national election

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By Linda Sieg

With no platform, no party leader and not even a formal name, a nascent political party linked to popular Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike is preparing for a snap election that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to call for next month.

Koike, 65, is a former ruling party lawmaker often mentioned as a possibility to become Japan’s first female premier. In a Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly election in July, she adeptly exploited voters’ longing for a viable alternative to Abe’s conservative Liberal Democratic Party in handing the LDP an historic defeat.

Now her allies hope to use Koike’s political star power and reformist message to replicate that success nationally in the lower house. Sceptics say achieving that could be tough and a more likely outcome is her new group stays a Tokyo-based force.

Koike, a media-savvy former TV announcer who defied the LDP to run for governor last year, has said she’s focused on her current job, including preparing for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, although she has not ruled out returning to parliament.

“There are unexpected things and expected things, and while watching the situation, I want to consider what is best for Tokyo and the nation,” she told reporters on Wednesday when asked if she’d run for parliament’s lower house. She also dodged a question as to whether she would lead the new party formally.

Koike’s allies had planned to launch the new party by year’s end but were caught off guard by Abe’s decision, expected to be officially announced on Monday, to call an Oct 22 general election.

“We are working on the party’s policies, a name and by-laws,” Goshi Hosono, a former environment minister who is among those working to launch the new party, told reporters this week.

Hosono, 46, is one of several lawmakers who have bolted the struggling opposition Democratic Party, disappointed by its failure to capitalise on voter distaste for suspected cronyism scandals and perceived arrogance that sent Abe’s ratings tumbling in July.

Abe’s support has since recovered to about 50 percent.

Koike ally Masaru Wakasa, a former prosecutor who recently left the LDP, last month launched a political group called “Nippon First” (Japan First) but it has not registered as a party or picked a name.

Many voters are dissatisfied with both the long-ruling LDP and the Democrats, a mixed bag of conservatives and liberals whose image was tarnished by their rocky time in power from 2009 to 2012. Independents have stayed home in droves in the four national elections since 2012, when Abe returned to office.

Forty-five percent of respondents to a Yomiuri newspaper poll this month backed no party — more than the 40 percent who supported the LDP. Only 5 percent favoured the Democrats.

Forty-one percent expressed hopes for a Koike party. But turning those hopes into votes is not guaranteed.

Wakasa told reporters the embryonic party aims to run more than 60 candidates, including 25 in Tokyo. It won’t have formal support from the LDP’s coalition partner, the Komeito, which backed Tokyo Citizens First candidates in July’s Tokyo poll.

Candidates will likely include former and incumbent lawmakers and political novices who heard Koike lecture at Wakasa’s “cram school” for would-be lawmakers last weekend.

Wakasa has said the new party will be “conservative”. Some expected members favour revising the post-war constitution’s pacifist Article 9 – a controversial but cherished goal of Abe.

Wakasa has suggested an amendment to create a unicameral legislature, an idea which might not resonate with most voters.

NEW PARTIES FIZZLE

“The question is, how would a new party differentiate itself from the LDP,” Akihisa Nagashima, a former Democrat who may join the group, told Reuters earlier this year.

Japan has seen numerous new parties over the decades. Most fizzled. Koike herself entered politics in the now-defunct Japan New Party, whose leader Morihiro Hosokawa headed an anti-LDP ruling coalition in the early 1990s that soon crumbled. She joined several new opposition parties before turning to the LDP.

Political analysts said early forecasts were risky and much depended on media coverage and whether Koike heads the party or surprises by running for parliament. The latter is seen as unlikely given a possible voter backlash for abandoning her post as Tokyo governor.

“I don’t think (the new party) will live up to all the fuss,” said Nihon University professor Tomoaki Iwai.

The LDP currently has 288 seats in the 475-member lower house, while the Komeito has 35, giving them a two-thirds “super majority”. The Democrats have 88 seats. Reforms enacted last year will cut the number of seats to 465 from 475.

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Source  :  Japan Today

Senior vice minister leaves LDP to join new opposition force

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A senior vice minister of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government, Mineyuki Fukuda, said Sunday he will leave the ruling bloc to join a new party being organized by those close to Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike.

Kyoko Nakayama, leader of the small opposition the Party for Japanese Kokoro also met with Koike the same day and expressed an intention to join the planned new party, a source close to the matter said.

Fukuda, a senior vice minister of the Cabinet Office, said at a press conference he will leave the Liberal Democratic Party to run in the general election expected for next month with the new party, which could realign the opposition camp amid the dominance of the LDP-led coalition.

“I’m not meaning to criticize the LDP,” Fukuda said. “I’d like to create socially desirable human resources with Mr Wakasa.”

Masaru Wakasa, another LDP defector and close aide to Koike, said at the same news conference that more could leave the LDP to join the new party, which has also attracted opposition lawmakers including Goshi Hosono, who recently left the Democratic Party, the largest opposition struggling to regain public support under new leader Seiji Maehara.

Fukuda, a 53-year-old House of Representatives member in his third term, will convey his intention to the LDP on Monday.

First elected to the lower house in 2005, Fukuda was defeated in the 2014 general election in his constituency in Kanagawa Prefecture but clung to a Diet seat on proportional representation.

Also Sunday, Hosono said many voters believe it is risky to keep Abe in power while also considering the existing opposition parties as not becoming realistic alternatives.

“We’ll present a choice in the middle of them,” Hosono said on a TV program. He also said the new party will field candidates throughout the country.

“We’re not intending to be a third pole. We’re aiming to be the governing party,” Hosono said.

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Source  :  Japan Today
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