Takeshi Kawamura

For Takeshi Kawamura's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Student internships becoming more oriented toward problem-solving

Oct 31, 2013

Student internships becoming more oriented toward problem-solving

Gradual but steady changes are taking place in internships and on-the-job training programs offered by Japanese firms, with companies increasingly determined to recruit creatively minded young workers with problem-solving skills. Some 20 students at Senshu University’s Ikuta campus in Kawasaki have been working since ...

More museums exhibit accessibility

Oct 22, 2013

More museums exhibit accessibility

In an effort to promote inclusivity and expose their collections to as wide an audience as possible, art museums are improving accessibility by offering special tours for disabled visitors and on-site baby-sitting services. At a special session held in early September at Yokohama Museum ...

Motivating workers to earn licenses reaps rewards

Jun 18, 2013

Motivating workers to earn licenses reaps rewards

To survive the prolonged recession, a growing number of companies have adopted systems to encourage employees to attain professional or specialist qualifications, hoping the investment will motivate them and that the newfound expertise will help develop new products or business expansion. Tomoko Kawada, 37, ...

Apr 30, 2010

Solution to care-worker shortage elusive

In a room at the Bunkyo Ward office in Tokyo, five former care workers are undergoing a refresher course conducted by the Tokyo Welfare Manpower Center. “Please tell the patient in advance to ‘raise your head’ — otherwise he will be surprised,” a lecturer ...