A dark force targets youth at their jobs

| Oct 18, 2014

A dark force targets youth at their jobs

by Philip Brasor

In the ongoing discussion about workplace abuse, the media has advanced yet another new term. “Black baito” modifies the already popular phrase “black kigyō,” which are companies that manipulate or ignore labor standards in order to get employees to work overtime without pay. “Baito” ...

Abe's Cabinet issues list of projects to help women

Oct 10, 2014

Abe's Cabinet issues list of projects to help women

by Reiji Yoshida

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet on Friday issued a “package” of policy measures to help women in the nation’s male-dominated society, including new government consultancies to help single-mother families, job training courses and expanded after-school programs for young children. But the “package” is, in ...

Output unexpectedly falls as retail sales gain

Sep 30, 2014

Output unexpectedly falls as retail sales gain

Japan’s output unexpectedly fell while stronger retail sales and an improving job market showed resilience, government statistics showed Tuesday as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe weighs another consumption tax increase. Industrial production declined 1.5 percent in August from July, compared with the median estimate of ...

Sep 17, 2014

Survey finds skepticism about global trade's benefits

Japanese, Americans and many Europeans aren’t sold on the benefits of trade. They doubt that global economic ties create jobs or raise wages, an international survey conducted by the Pew Research Center shows. But people in China and other low- and middle-income countries are ...

Women's work culture under fire

Sep 12, 2014

Women's work culture under fire

by Chikako Mogi and Kyoko Shimodoi

One morning in February, the government personnel department began an experiment in a nondescript building in a Tokyo residential area that could end up rewriting the rules of the nation’s powerful bureaucracy. For the first time, it invited 19 women from different ministries to ...

U.S. job growth drops to 142,000, slowest in eight months

Sep 6, 2014

U.S. job growth drops to 142,000, slowest in eight months

A surprising drop in hiring and in the number of people seeking work in August sent a reminder that the U.S. economic recovery is still prone to temporary slowdowns. Employers added just 142,000 jobs last month, well below the 212,000 average of the previous ...