Mar 24, 2015

Indonesia to withdraw local language plan for foreign workers

Indonesia will withdraw a plan that would force foreign workers to take local language proficiency exams after protests from investors, two government officials said. Manpower Minister Muhammad Hanif Dhakiri earlier this month told reporters the government would require existing and prospective foreigners to pass ...

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 ...

Deregulation of robotics pushed to ease labor shortages

Jan 24, 2015

Deregulation of robotics pushed to ease labor shortages

The government has worked out an action plan that calls for promoting deregulation to expand the use of robot technology to ease labor shortages driven by Japan’s population decline. The action plan, drawn up Friday at a meeting chaired by Tamotsu Nomakuchi, a consultant ...

Offers-seekers ratio at highest since '92

Jun 27, 2014

Offers-seekers ratio at highest since '92

Nationwide job availability improved in May to the best in about 22 years as the unemployment rate fell to 3.5 percent, the lowest in more than 16 years, the government said Friday. As companies became more willing to hire workers amid an uptick in ...

May 31, 2014

Child care to get push after class

The education ministry has announced a plan to double the number of after-school child-care centers over five years so that more women can enter the workforce.

May 18, 2014

Boosting the female workforce

The Abe administration is pushing for a review of household tax and social security benefits under the belief that current rules discourage many women from participating in the labor force — even as the nation faces a steep decline in its working-age population.

Tepco expects 1,700 to quit by March

Dec 3, 2013

Tepco expects 1,700 to quit by March

Tepco anticipates that the number of employees taking voluntary retirement since the 2011 start of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear crisis will reach an unusually high 1,700 by the end of next March.