Dec 17, 2014

Government to beef up jobs program for ex-convicts

The Abe administration will boost a program that encourages companies to hire former convicts, raising the number of such firms to 1,500 from the current level of around 500 by the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The target, aimed at rehabilitating criminals and reducing the number ...

Nov 23, 2014

Government plans subsidies to create 60,000 jobs in rural areas

The government is considering a new subsidy program aimed at creating 60,000 jobs in rural areas, according to sources. Under the initiative, the government would provide subsidies to companies hiring people who moved from urban agglomerations to rural districts. The government would shoulder half ...

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 ...

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” ...

Aug 7, 2014

65% of university grads in full-time jobs, ministry says

Nearly 66 percent of all university students who graduated in spring had found full-time jobs as of May 1, the education ministry said in a report released Thursday. In addition, truancy climbed at elementary and junior high schools while elementary and junior high schools ...

Jul 14, 2014

Economic data mixed after Japan's sales tax hike

Economic indicators have been sending mixed signals since the consumption tax hike to 8 percent from 5 percent in April, with consumer confidence and employment faring well and household spending and capital investment slumping. Although the government and some private-sector economists remain confident the ...

Offers-seekers ratio at highest since '92

Jun 27, 2014

Offers-seekers ratio at highest since '92

Nationwide job availability improved in May to the best in about 22 years as the unemployment rate fell to 3.5 percent, the lowest in more than 16 years, the government said Friday. As companies became more willing to hire workers amid an uptick in ...

Sweet jobs offered to athletes with star power

Jun 12, 2014

Sweet jobs offered to athletes with star power

by Tomoko Arima

An increasing number of companies are converting top athletes into full-time employees once they retire because they “have mental toughness and pursue success at any cost.” “I wondered if I could work at my desk from 9 a.m. until 5:35 p.m.,” swimmer Haruka Ueda, ...