Nov 12, 2014

Farm chief Koya Nishikawa plots out rural job creation

The Abe administration is considering reforming legal structures in order to create jobs in rural areas, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Koya Nishikawa said in a recent interview. “Creating job opportunities is essential to keeping regional economies vital,” Nishikawa stressed, adding that the administration ...

Nov 8, 2014

U.S. economy fueling strong hiring if not pay gains

Healthy job growth in the United States has reached a level of consistency unseen in nearly two decades. In the same week that voters signaled discontent with the U.S. economy, the government issued a report that showed employers have added at least 200,000 jobs ...

Oct 30, 2014

Fed ends bond buying, cites brighter job market

The Federal Reserve cited an improving economy Wednesday as it ended its landmark bond-buying program and pointed to gains in the job market — a key condition for an eventual interest rate hike. The Fed reiterated its plan to maintain its benchmark short-term rate ...

No easy retirement in South Korea

Oct 27, 2014

No easy retirement in South Korea

Out of work and out of pocket, South Korean retirees are struggling to force their way back into an unwelcoming job market in an effort to supplement meager or non-existent pensions. But President Park Geun-hye’s vision of a new “creative economy” seems to have ...

Over 1 million protesters march on Rome in anti-job reform demo

Oct 25, 2014

Over 1 million protesters march on Rome in anti-job reform demo

Some 1 million Italians took to the streets of Rome on Saturday for a demonstration organized by Italy’s largest trade union to protest Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s plans to overhaul the labor market. As hundreds of thousands of Italians snaked through the capital calling ...

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 ...