Robert J. Samuelson

For Robert J. Samuelson's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Jun 22, 2014

Bewildering take on the American job market

With the U.S. government's latest monthly employment report, the American job market has entered a bewildering phase. The U.S. may be closer to "full employment" than is commonly supposed, but the weak recovery since 2009 is hardly typical of economic cycles since World War ...

May 26, 2014

A memorial to horror and honor

More fitting than any commentary about Memorial Day, just celebrated in the U.S., is the description of Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox to Ulysses S. Grant, which ended the Civil War.

Apr 20, 2014

Double tragedy of long-term unemployment

To be among America's long-term unemployed — workers who have been jobless at least six months — is especially demoralizing for midcareer professionals and managers in their 40s and up because, from the perspective of potential employers, not hiring these workers can make sense.

Dec 23, 2013

Shift from early retirement impacts the young

The transition in many industrialized countries from retiring early to working longer is happening at an awful time. Without stronger economic recoveries, jobs taken by older workers contribute to the high unemployment of the young.