Yoshiaki Nohara

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Labor shortage prompts grudging turn to permanent jobs

/ May 1, 2017

Labor shortage prompts grudging turn to permanent jobs

The tightest labor market in decades is showing signs of reversing a long shift toward the hiring of temporary workers. The number of full-time permanent workers in Japan is rising for the first time since the global financial crisis, outpacing growth in temporary jobs over ...

Old age, depopulation decimating A-bomb-spared Kitakyushu

Mar 30, 2017

Old age, depopulation decimating A-bomb-spared Kitakyushu

Few places evoke the rise and fall of Japan's industrial might than the head office of the Imperial Steel Works in Kitakyushu. The red brick Meiji Era building was the heart of the nation's first big steelworks. Now it's a UNESCO World Heritage site. Kitakyushu, ...