Sep 1, 2016

Koike backs idea of foreign housekeepers in special zones

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike says the metropolitan government should allow foreigners to conduct housekeeping services in strategic deregulation zones authorized by the Japanese government. The proposal is expected to be approved by the government soon. “In terms of tapping more female power, (the services) ...

Top companies move to hire more foreign employees

May 1, 2016

Top companies move to hire more foreign employees

Japan’s top companies are increasingly moving to give foreign people permanent contracts, judging that the benefits of diversification are well worth the challenges. Among them is convenience store chain Lawson Inc., which has awarded between 10 and 30 percent of its graduate positions to ...

Mar 9, 2016

LDP eyes allowing more workers from abroad to come to Japan

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party will set up a panel to consider allowing more foreign people to work in the country, officials said Tuesday, in a move designed to address labor shortages stemming from an aging society. Labor shortages are especially serious in sectors ...

Without safety net, foreign temp workers live on the edge

| Dec 4, 2015

Without safety net, foreign temp workers live on the edge

Among foreign migrant workers who travel to Japan in quest of a better life, a common narrative stands out — minimal wages, occupational instability, language barriers and an itinerant lifestyle. This is what many factory employees from everywhere from Peru to the Philippines learn ...

| Dec 1, 2015

Japan's foreign temp workers need ways to blow off steam

Life is tough enough for migrant workers who travel to Japan for employment. So pity those who lack a support network to help them through health care matters, workplace stress and general blowing off steam. That is why employment agency Esperanca Estrela, which hires ...

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 ...