Jan 14, 2009

Househusband not such a bad gig, one-third of men say

Nearly a third of married men would not mind being househusbands, according to a recent survey by the Housework Aptitude Test executive committee. Among the 2,080 married men and women in their 20s to 50s who were polled in Tokyo, Osaka, Aichi, Hokkaido and ...

| Jan 13, 2009

Graduate job search in full swing, despite recession

Each year, the cherry blossoms of April are accompanied by the nervous march of over 400,000 fresh-faced graduates on their way to their new jobs. Many of these new graduates, or “shin-sotsu,” will have gone through more than 18 months of job hunting, called ...

Hibiya Park tent city for jobless closes down

Jan 6, 2009

Hibiya Park tent city for jobless closes down

Some 500 jobless people, many of them laid-off temp workers, who spent the New Year’s period encamped in Hibiya Park were relocated Monday to four other sites arranged by the welfare ministry after volunteers closed the temporary shelter in the heart of Tokyo. “This ...

Countdown party India style

| Jan 6, 2009

Countdown party India style

Almost a quarter of the Indian community in eastern Tokyo, adults and children alike, shared a lively countdown party with Japanese locals on Dec. 31. “Chak de India Countdown Party 2009,” held at a venue in Nishi Kasai in east Tokyo’s Edogawa Ward, was ...

Volunteers offer jobless temps free food, advice

Jan 1, 2009

Volunteers offer jobless temps free food, advice

Temp workers who have lost their jobs amid the global financial crisis lined up Wednesday for free food and consultations with volunteers at Tokyo’s Hibiya Park. The event, sponsored by 20 groups, including unions, citizen groups and lawyers, will run through Monday. The groups ...

Job cuts hit dispatch firms hard

Dec 25, 2008

Job cuts hit dispatch firms hard

In the past few months, companies have started to cut workers to save costs. As well as growing to be a major social issue, slashing temp workers also means agencies dispatching such workers face an increasingly tough time. “Temp agencies of all sizes are ...

New U.S. entry requirement

| Dec 18, 2008

New U.S. entry requirement

The United States will launch a new immigration system starting Jan. 12 to try to prevent terrorists entering the country. This will require foreign short-stay visitors from 34 countries participating in the Visa Waiver Program, including Japan, to apply for travel authorization at a ...

Helping Filipino schoolchildren

| Dec 12, 2008

Helping Filipino schoolchildren

This is the first in a series of how contributions to The Japan Times Readers’ Fund last year — the 53rd since the campaign started — are being put to use. The ¥940,595 readers donated in 2007 has gone to six organizations to finance ...