/ Dec 13, 2016

Qatar abolishes dreaded 'kafala' labor system

Qatar on Monday formally announced the end of its controversial “kafala” system, arguably the biggest ever labor reform undertaken by the host of the 2022 football World Cup. In a long-expected announcement, Labor Minister Issa bin Saad al-Jafali al-Nuaimi said the kafala rules would ...

/ 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


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 ...