Mar 11, 2014

Major firms may hire more female grads

Forty-nine of 100 major firms are considering hiring more female graduates in spring 2015 than the levels planned for this year, according to a Jiji Press survey. The potential boost is likely the result of the efforts of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has ...

Mar 11, 2014

LDP mulling Olympic job aid for ex-convicts

As part of efforts to strengthen public safety in the lead-up to the 2020 Tokyo Oympics, the Liberal Democratic Party will consider boosting measures to help people with criminal records find jobs. The party will study establishing a subsidy program for employers hiring ex-convicts ...

Job market set to overheat with labor shortage

Mar 7, 2014

Job market set to overheat with labor shortage

Kazufumi Yamamoto is having such a hard time finding waiters and sushi chefs to fill jobs at Ganko Food Service Co. that he’s going to boost wages for the first time in more than a decade. “Positions remain open for several months, leaving some ...

Toyota to hire 1,350 new grads, midcareer workers in '14

Mar 5, 2014

Toyota to hire 1,350 new grads, midcareer workers in '14

Toyota Motor Corp. plans to hire 1,350 new graduates and midcareer workers in its annual recruitment plan for fiscal 2014, maintaining the same level as this year, which ends March 31, company officials said. The automaker plans to employ 90 people for career-track office ...

76% of students graduating in March have jobs

Jan 21, 2014

76% of students graduating in March have jobs

More than three-quarters of university students graduating this March have a job lined up for April, up for the third straight year, according to a government survey released Tuesday. The percentage as of Dec. 1 was 76.6 percent, up 1.6 percentage points from a ...

Japan Inc. takes tentative steps toward empowering women

Jan 2, 2014

Japan Inc. takes tentative steps toward empowering women

by Maya Kaneko

Japan, notorious for its failure to overcome wide gender disparities, seems to have finally gotten serious about utilizing the “untapped resources” of women to enhance national competitiveness and boost economic growth amid the population decline. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has revived a government target ...

Dec 12, 2013

Stay Down Under, Abbott urges Toyota

Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Thursday sought talks with Toyota to persuade the auto giant to keep its Australian plants open and prevent a collapse of the nation’s car manufacturing industry. Abbott acted after U.S.-based General Motors Co. announced Wednesday that its Holden offshoot ...