Dec 6, 2016

Labor shortage is worst in least productive industries

Japan’s aging and shrinking population is causing labor shortages that should be helping workers win higher pay. But it’s not working out that way, in part because of low productivity in the areas of the greatest shortage, according to economists including Hideo Kumano at ...

Wages rise, hours fall for part-time workers

Nov 25, 2016

Wages rise, hours fall for part-time workers

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Over the last 10 years, Japan’s 14 million part-time workers cut their working hours by more than 6 percent. They now work about 4.5 hours a day. That’s a blow to a country that’s struggling with a declining population, and to a government seeking ...

Robots at center of China's strategy to leapfrog rivals

Oct 25, 2016

Robots at center of China's strategy to leapfrog rivals

The Canbot can say its name, respond to voice commands, and “dance” as it plays Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean.” Other robots China is displaying at the World Robot Conference can play badminton, sand cell phone cases and sort computer chips. China is showcasing its ...