Young returnees aiding post-disaster Tohoku

Jul 23, 2013

Young returnees aiding post-disaster Tohoku

by Tomoki Fukae

A rising number of young people who had left their hometowns in Tohoku before the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami wrecked the region have started returning to support its recovery. Mamoru Kondo, 27, is one of many young Tohoku natives who had moved ...

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 ...

Disabled find new roles in workplace

Jul 3, 2013

Disabled find new roles in workplace

by Asako Takaguchi

At Sign with Me, a cafe on the second floor of a building in central Tokyo, orders are given and taken without a word being spoken. Customers and staff communicate in sign language, in writing or by running a finger over the menu. All ...