Smoking is injurious to health

TOKYO — Smoking at work will cost you more than a week of precious vacation time at one Japanese company. Piala, a Tokyo-based marketing firm, has started giving non-smoking employees six additional paid days off a year. The company says the idea came from an employee who complained that colleagues who smoked often worked less…

via Company gives non-smokers 6 extra days of vacation to make up for smoke breaks — myfox8.com

Japan is hoping robot babies will encourage people to have real babies

Driven by a declining population, a trend for developing robotic babies has emerged in Japan as a means of encouraging couples to become “parents.” The approaches taken vary widely and are driven by different philosophical approaches that also beg a number of questions, not least whether these robo-tots will achieve the aim of their creators.…

via Japan is hoping robot babies will encourage people to have real babies — Quartz