Enactment of Factory Regulations
Factory regulations that abolish night work for women and children have now been in force since July. This matter was first considered in 1916, and it was agreed on in 1923 that the managers of factories should not make women, or children below 16 years of age, work more than eleven hours a day or between 10 p. m. and 4 a. m. The enactment of the regulations, however, was postponed until this year. The regulations will affect 4,824,780 laborers (3,291,168 males and 1,533,612 females) who are working in factories and mines. The factory workers total 2,224,545, of whom 1,792,857 are males.Mrs. Yayoi Yashioka, head of the Girls' Medical College, has published her investigations concerning the health and night work of women workers in various factories, as follows: 1. The average decrease in weight of eighty-one female workers in a cotton mill was 647.5 Gm.