Asian supply lines hit by U.S. West Coast ports dispute

Feb 17, 2015

Asian supply lines hit by U.S. West Coast ports dispute

A labor dispute at ports on the U.S. West Coast is disrupting supply chains across the Pacific, forcing some Asian exporters to resort to costly air freight and pushing up shipping rates as more freighters are caught up in long lines to dock. With ...

Feb 10, 2015

OECD urges Japan to reduce farming subsidies, boost female workforce

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development on Monday called on Japan to “reduce producer support to agriculture” and boost the number of women in the nation’s labor force. In its “Going for Growth” report for 2015, the OECD said public support accounts for ...

Feb 6, 2015

Mexico rescues 129 workers 'abused' by South Korean firm

Mexican authorities have rescued 129 workers, including six children, who said they were physically and sexually abused at a garment firm run by South Koreans, officials said Thursday. Four South Korean nationals have been handed over to prosecutors in the western state of Jalisco ...

Sony to cut 1,000 more jobs in smartphone business

Jan 28, 2015

Sony to cut 1,000 more jobs in smartphone business

Sony Corp. plans to eliminate another 1,000 jobs in its smartphone operations as the company tries to return the business to profit, according to a source familiar with the matter. It will shrink the division’s workforce to about 5,000 after including 1,000 job losses ...

Jan 27, 2015

Toyota to change age-based pay scale

Toyota Motor Corp. plans to change its seniority-based pay structure for workers in Japan that will erase salary gaps between age groups, the company’s human resources chief said on Tuesday. The carmaker will consider introducing performance pay for younger employees and wants to tie ...

Sep 17, 2014

Government-labor-management talks to resume, possibly in October

The government will resume its three-way talks with labor and management representatives as early as next month, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said. “Everyone needs to share the view that a virtuous economic circle will be maintained with employee pay raised on better corporate earnings,” ...

Jul 11, 2014

Japanese firms near crisis point as labor shortage deepens

Japan’s labour shortage is nearing crisis in some key industries as it spreads from construction to services, curbing companies’ operations, pushing up wages and potentially crimping a tentative recovery in the world’s third-largest economy. Airlines, retailers, truckers and restaurant chains are being forced to ...

Jul 8, 2014

Progress made on labor rights issues at Ottawa TPP meeting

Officials from the 12 countries involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership have made significant progress on the issue of establishing rules for labor rights protection at their ongoing meeting in the Canadian capital, a Japanese official said. Under the TPP initiative, the 12 countries are ...

The thrill of the job won't pay the rent

| Jun 14, 2014

The thrill of the job won't pay the rent

by Philip Brasor

“If your work isn’t what you love, then something isn’t right.” — Talking Heads Last January, NHK’s nightly in-depth news series, “Closeup Gendai,” ran a feature about the practice of “poeticizing” (poemu-ka) the harsher aspects of life. It’s not a trend that’s easy to ...

Japanese to study unions at U.N. body

Jun 10, 2014

Japanese to study unions at U.N. body

by Keiko Kimura

A 34-year-old Japanese woman has been tasked with studying cooperative unions’ medical care and welfare businesses in Asian countries, through a position at the International Labor Organization. “I think connections with people can produce some great power,” said Satoko Horiuch, an official with the ...