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, ...

Jun 3, 2014

Website targets women for management jobs

BizReach Inc., a Tokyo-based job search company, has introduced a career-change website for women, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe encourages companies to boost female leadership. BizReach Woman targets female workers seeking managerial positions. It plans to post jobs at companies supporting the advancement of ...

94.4% of new grads land jobs

May 16, 2014

94.4% of new grads land jobs

Of the university students who graduated this spring, 94.4 percent had secured jobs as of April 1, the highest in five years, a survey by the education and labor ministries said Friday. The rate was up 0.5 percentage point from a year earlier, improving ...

| Mar 15, 2014

Zero-hour contract

A zero-hour contract is an employment contract used in the U.K. containing provisions that create an "on-call" arrangement between an employer and employee.

31 companies join Tokyo job fair for Saudi students

Mar 13, 2014

31 companies join Tokyo job fair for Saudi students

Saudi students received briefings from around 30 companies Thursday at a job fair organized by the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Tokyo. It is rare for an embassy to sponsor an event to help its own citizens in Japan find jobs. This year’s job fair, ...

Mar 11, 2014

Major firms may hire more female grads

Forty-nine of 100 major firms are considering hiring more female graduates in spring 2015 than the levels planned for this year, according to a Jiji Press survey. The potential boost is likely the result of the efforts of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has ...