Nov 22, 2016

Keidanren urges government to boost number of foreign workers

The Japan Business Federation, or Keidanren, is calling on the government to take measures to allow more foreign nationals to work in Japan in fields involving research and development as well as to ease labor shortages. In its policy proposal made Monday, the nation’s ...

Airbnb's 'master of disaster' comes to Tokyo as regulations loom

Jun 16, 2016

Airbnb's 'master of disaster' comes to Tokyo as regulations loom

Airbnb Inc. has gone on a charm offensive in Japan, hoping to drum up support as regulators debate whether to clamp down on the startup’s rapidly expanding operations. The world’s third-most valuable private startup dispatched high-powered lawyer and political strategist Chris Lehane to lay ...

Japan eyes lifting ban on private cars serving as taxis

Oct 20, 2015

Japan eyes lifting ban on private cars serving as taxis

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe instructed a government panel on Tuesday to discuss ways to deregulate ride-sharing services, which are currently designated unlicensed taxis and are therefore illegal. In a meeting of the Council on National Strategic Special Zones, Abe said he wants to permit ...

Oct 13, 2015

Government to launch business dialogue in new investment push

The government decided Tuesday to launch a dialogue with business leaders, urging them to boost capital investment as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s priorities swing from security back to the economy. The dialogue will take place on a regular basis between Abe, his ministers and ...

Aug 28, 2015

Duskin eyes using foreign workers for housework services

Duskin Co. plans to use a system that will allow foreign workers to engage in housework support services in special zones where deregulatory measures are tested, according to a company official. “It will be natural to cooperate” if the ban on the use of ...

May 21, 2015

Bill to reform gas, electricity markets passes Lower House

The House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday to require utilities to segregate their power generation and transmission operations by April 2020. The bill, which won support mainly from the ruling coalition, was sent to the House of Councilors, the upper chamber. The measure ...