Nov 5, 2013

Mobster held over training subsidies

The boss of a yakuza organization affiliated with the Dojin-kai, an organized crime syndicate based in Kurume, Fukuoka Prefecture, was arrested Monday on charges of illegally taking government subsidies, police said. The yakuza group run by Masataka Mikasa, 37, used a dummy company to ...

Firms giving refugees jobs instead of charity

Oct 25, 2013

Firms giving refugees jobs instead of charity

by Megumi Iizuka

With applications for refugee status reaching record levels, a number of Japanese businesses are providing employment and training to people forced to flee their home country due to war and persecution, with emphasis on genuine vocational opportunities rather than charity. Mohammad Mawaheb Seraj Eddin, ...

Firms send new hires out to gain street smarts

Jul 3, 2013

Firms send new hires out to gain street smarts

by Yutaka Takikawa

An increasing number of Japanese companies are introducing practical experience-based training programs for new employees to boost their confidence. Ikai Co., a staffing agency based in Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture, required 57 employees fresh out of school to travel 50 km by hitchhiking as part ...