Finding after-school care the 'barrier of first-graders'

Apr 8, 2016

Finding after-school care the 'barrier of first-graders'

Finding a slot at day care may be the first hurdle working parents need to overcome in finding work-family balance. But another comes along when a child enters school. At elementary school level, students with working parents can go to an after-school facility called ...

Nov 17, 2015

Suspect data reports keep lid on actual hours worked

Overwork is such an issue in Japan that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has vowed to fix it. He wants companies to reward productivity rather than long hours, and to create workplaces that allow men and women to finish on time and share the burden ...

The thrill of the job won't pay the rent

| Jun 14, 2014

The thrill of the job won't pay the rent

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“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 ...

Japan's salarymen are bored to tears

| Jun 7, 2014

Japan's salarymen are bored to tears

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It seems odd to be talking about boredom in such interesting times. Are you bored? Almost certainly you are, if Spa! magazine’s insights are reliable. Polling 2,052 mid-career (age 35-45), moderately prosperous (annual income ¥4 million-¥6 million) businessmen (sic, men only), it found no ...