Oct 20, 2016

METI to study ways to promote moonlighting and freelancing

Industry minister Hiroshige Seko said Thursday that a study group will be established at his ministry to discuss ways to promote moonlighting and freelancing in the workforce. The working group is designed to encourage employees to work more flexibly at a time when the ...

Japan's working moms struggle to keep careers

Oct 12, 2016

Japan's working moms struggle to keep careers

Working mothers in Japan are jettisoning their careers and resorting to contract work amid laws that fail to support shorter hours long term. The child care and family care leave law obliges employers to reduce working hours to six a day in principle for ...

World Bank and IMF take on opposition to globalization

Oct 7, 2016

World Bank and IMF take on opposition to globalization

Global finance leaders on Thursday publicly confronted the rising unpopularity of trade liberalization, saying world economies need to strive for more inclusive growth. With Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump leading a surge of anti-free trade sentiment in the United States, and Britain voting to ...

Oct 3, 2016

Leading firms unleash job offers to students, new grads

A number of top firms held ceremonies Monday to give university students and graduates informal employment offers next spring. Many companies began their ceremonies Monday after being green-lighted to issue the informal offers starting Saturday. At Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp.’s ceremony in Tokyo, President ...

Japan Inc. taking steps to get workers to sit less

Sep 27, 2016

Japan Inc. taking steps to get workers to sit less

More and more Japanese companies are taking aim at sedentary working patterns, amid rising awareness of the health benefits of standing up and stretching. At the headquarters of e-commerce giant Rakuten Inc. in Tokyo’s Setagaya Ward, employees have desks that allow them to work ...

Aichi winery helps mentally disabled make a living

Sep 24, 2016

Aichi winery helps mentally disabled make a living

How can people with intellectual disabilities stand on their own feet? A winery in central Japan could be the answer. About 40 such mentally disabled people are working at Komaki Winery in the city of Komaki in Aichi Prefecture, with their duties ranging from ...

Japan's jobs-for-life system a reason for static wages

Sep 20, 2016

Japan's jobs-for-life system a reason for static wages

In contrast to job-hopping Americans, Japanese workers rarely jump to different companies, likely frustrating policymakers’ efforts to drive wages up. Wages fell steadily during Japan’s long battle with deflation. Raising them has been a focus of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s growth program, which seeks ...

Trump presidency could cost U.S. economy $1 trillion, research firm says

Sep 14, 2016

Trump presidency could cost U.S. economy $1 trillion, research firm says

The U.S. economy could be $1 trillion smaller than otherwise expected in 2021 if Republican candidate Donald Trump wins the presidential election in November, economics research firm Oxford Economics said on Tuesday. While the firm said Trump’s policies — including more protectionist trade measures, ...