Apr 18, 2017

Government panel to push limited regular employment system

A government panel on regulatory reform is in discussions to urge more widespread adoption of the limited regular employment system, in which regular workers are hired on open-ended contracts with limits on their work location or hours. The government has been urging companies to ...

More firms giving disabled workers key roles

Apr 4, 2017

More firms giving disabled workers key roles

Japanese companies are working to assign intellectually disabled workers key positions as they seek to create more diverse workplaces. Dai-ichi Life Challenged Co. introduced a system in 2011 enabling people with disabilities to take leadership positions as a means of boosting their morale. The ...

Jan 10, 2017

Redefining the 'elderly' age

As the rapid graying of Japan’s population continues, a proposal has been made to redefine the “elderly” age to be in line with people’s changing perceptions as to when their golden years begin. In the face of mushrooming social security costs in an aging ...

Major Japanese firms' winter bonuses up for fourth straight year

Dec 22, 2016

Major Japanese firms' winter bonuses up for fourth straight year

Winter bonuses at Japanese companies employing more than 500 people averaged ¥880,736 ($7,500), up 0.02 percent from the previous year and rising for the fourth straight year, the country’s major business lobby said Wednesday. Winter bonuses at Japanese manufacturers averaged ¥900,490, up 0.47 percent ...

31.9% of new graduates quit first job within three years

Oct 25, 2016

31.9% of new graduates quit first job within three years

A government annual survey has found that 31.9 percent of people who started work just after graduating from a university in March 2013 left their job within three years, the labor ministry said. The figure fell 0.4 percentage point from last year’s survey for ...

/ Sep 15, 2016

Fukoku Life to give 400 nonregular staff regular status

Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance Co. will give regular employee status to about 400 female nonregular administrative staff at its regional sales offices from October, informed sources told Jiji Press on Thursday. Following the status change, their annual salaries will rise 7.4 percent, or some ...