Mayuko Matsumoto

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Japan's retirees heading back to work as firms face labor shortages

National Jun 21, 2016

Japan's retirees heading back to work as firms face labor shortages

Some companies are bringing retirees back into the office to pass on know-how gained through decades on the job. Such workers can offer valuable insights and placement agencies are increasingly accommodating them as Japan faces a looming labor shortage. Sakae Kajita, 67, retired two years ago ...

Japan's IT firms struggle to secure engineers amid acute shortage

Business Jun 15, 2016

Japan's IT firms struggle to secure engineers amid acute shortage

The rapid spread of internet services has accelerated the shortage of information technology engineers, prompting IT companies to conduct in-house reforms to lower turnover and outsource orders to overseas firms. ISA Plan Inc., a contract systems developer, introduced a system in fiscal 2010 under which ...

Drone services starting to take off in Japan

Business / Tech Jun 13, 2016

Drone services starting to take off in Japan

Domestic companies are coming up with a series of new services that leverage the latest in drone technology. MicroAd Inc., a Tokyo-based online advertising company, has unveiled a service called Sky Magic to produce sound-and-light extravaganzas. Drones illuminated with LED lights can project logos, words, ...

Enterprises marshal forces to give 'crowdsourcing' workers a leg up

National Mar 13, 2016

Enterprises marshal forces to give 'crowdsourcing' workers a leg up

New enterprises and programs for helping "crowdsourcing" entrepreneurs improve their skills and income are growing popular. Crowdsourcing is a way to obtain and provide services from masses of people who are working jointly and usually online. It is an attractive option for people who want ...

National Jan 28, 2010

Rentals, even for underwear, thrive

NAGOYA — Rental businesses dealing with such items as high-end undergarments for women, pets and motorcycles have grown popular among consumers keeping a tight hold on their purse strings in these trying economic times. Kyoto undergarment maker Embelline Marketing Co. has long supplied beauty salons ...