Jo Constantz
For Jo Constantz's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
The annual South by Southwest Conference (SXSW) in Austin, Texas, was held on Saturday.
Mar 20, 2024
Will AI help or hurt workers? At SXSW, that depends on who you ask.
According to a global survey from Slack, 42% of office workers say they’re excited about AI, but some 27% find the prospect concerning.
Elon Musk has gone as far as to say that with technological advances, “there will come a point where no job is needed.” Musk revealed his own artificial intelligence chatbot, dubbed Grok, last year.
Feb 9, 2024
Firms pausing hiring and axing staff quietly as AI craze persists
While some industry leaders have been outspoken about AI’s potential to transform work, there is caution over citing the new tech as a reason for cuts.
More than 75,000 Kaiser Permanente health care workers went on strike from Oct. 4 to 7 across the U.S.
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 1, 2023
Unions in the U.S. are winning big for the first time in decades
Recent victories mark a potential turning point for the country’s labor movement, which has seen union ranks and power dwindle for decades.
A new study suggests that the benefits from shifting to a four-day week may last and grow stronger over time, rather than dissipating.
Aug 4, 2023
Employee health benefits of four-day weeks persist, study shows
Self-reported physical and mental health scores held steady over a full year of the pilot program, while work-life balance continued to improve.
Japan Times
Apr 24, 2023
First real-world study showed generative AI boosted worker productivity by 14%
Lower-skilled workers benefited the most: With the assistance of AI, a firm’s least-skilled workers were able to get their work done 35% faster.
Japan Times
Mar 21, 2023
Nearly half of firms are drafting policies on ChatGPT use
What those policies will look like may end up varying widely. Some firms have banned the chatbot, while others have embraced it.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 7, 2023
As layoff wave sweeps the tech sector, a clear target emerges: middle managers
The moves come as middle managers are under increasing pressure, enforcing return-to-office policies and navigating new hybrid work arrangements.
Japan Times
Nov 18, 2022
Workers will keep their power in the job market despite recession fears, study says
While fears of a recession may temporarily put a freeze on hiring, the study says that over the long-term, the market is likely to skew toward job-seekers.
Japan Times
Oct 28, 2022
Quiet quitting surges in finance as it gains steam across sectors
The share of workers who said they're 'very likely” or 'extremely likely” to try their hardest to do a good job for their company has waned overall since last year.
Japan Times
Sep 16, 2022
Almost 80% of remote workers think they’d be fired for declining to return to the office
A survey also found that nearly 60% of employers say they'd be content with employees resigning rather than returning to the office.


Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on