Japan struggles to get a grip on social distancing

National Mar 30, 2020

Japan struggles to get a grip on social distancing

Japan's approach to halting the coronavirus pandemic might seem to other nations around the world like it is very social, and not so distant. As communities from Milan to Melbourne find themselves compelled to hunker down in their homes, peeking through the curtains at a ...

Japan firms slowly moving away from old ways on recruitment and pay

Business Feb 7, 2020

Japan firms slowly moving away from old ways on recruitment and pay

Japan's unique, long-held employment practices characterized by annual new graduate recruitment, lifetime jobs and seniority-based pay raises have helped support economic growth in the postwar period. But many major companies have begun to question whether to continue with the decades-old system at a time when ...

Corporate culture remains obstacle to Japan adopting telework

Business Jan 6, 2020

Corporate culture remains obstacle to Japan adopting telework

The government has been actively promoting telecommuting, touting its many merits from easing traffic congestion and enhancing disaster preparedness to helping recruit and retain talent amid Japan's chronic labor shortage. Yet it seems there is a long way to go before large numbers of employees ...