Tag - employment



Japan Times
Jan 9, 2023
New regional job model for young people under spotlight in Japan
The initiative, pioneered by a town in Shimane Prefecture, aims to promote the creation of new employment opportunities and migration to regional areas.
Japan Times
Aug 30, 2022
Moment of truth as Japan eyes review of foreign 'trainee' workers
Some employees feel the country needs to welcome more foreign workers as immigrants to keep the economy going.
Japan Times
Jul 26, 2022
Majority of technical trainees in debt before arriving in Japan
The average amount of debts stood at u00a5674,480 for trainees from Vietnam, the biggest amount by country. Cambodia came second at u00a5566,889, followed by China at u00a5528,847.
Japan Times
Jul 3, 2022
Pop-up cafes in Japan offer work experience for youth who stutter
The project gives people with the speech impediment opportunities to build confidence through interaction with strangers.
Japan Times
Apr 25, 2022
Majority of India’s 900 million workforce stop looking for jobs
Frustrated at not being able to find the right kind of job, millions of Indians, particularly women, are exiting the labor force entirely.
Japan Times
Apr 20, 2022
Working from home, Japan’s corporate warriors rethink their priorities
The countryu2019s traditional job-for-life model is eroding, with pressure now coming from workers who want more flexibility, autonomy and control over their careers.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy / Longform
Mar 7, 2022
Is Japan on the brink of its own ‘Great Resignation’?
The pandemic has prompted millions across the globe to leave their jobs for more fulfilling, flexible roles. Should Japanu2019s employers be worried?
Japan Times
Feb 17, 2022
Children of teleworking parents given chance to see beyond negatives of work
A program has been launched to allow elementary school children to hear directly from workers in careers that interest them about how much adults like their jobs.
Japan Times
Jan 11, 2022
'Vaccine harassment' poses challenges for workplace booster push
Requests u2014 and pressure u2014 from companies for staff to get vaccinated could become a serious concern when Japan looks to push ahead with booster shots amid the spread of the omicron variant.
Japan Times
Jul 6, 2021
Esports used as tool to build workforce camaraderie amid pandemic
Online tournaments are providing companies with an inexpensive way of building team spirit while employees are still working from home.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / Japan Pulse
Feb 22, 2020
The rebirth of cool: It's not easy being a lovable middle-aged man in Japan
For the first time since … never, the ojisan (middle-aged man) is on a roll. 
Japan Times
JAPAN / Help Wanted?
Dec 29, 2019
Student's death reveals dark side of Bhutan-Japan exchange program
A year has passed since the lifeless body of a Bhutanese exchange student was discovered hanging from a tree in a public park in Fukuoka.
Japan Times
Dec 21, 2019
Japan's treatment of freelancers comes under the microscope
Veteran British filmmaker Ken Loach's latest work, "Sorry We Missed You," which opened in Japan recently, is about the gig economy, the new employment environment surrounding companies like the ride-sharing service Uber that don't so much hire people as give them access to users.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Jul 30, 2019
Japan's working women top 30 million as jobless rate improves to 2.3%
The number of women holding a job rose 530,000 from a year before, contributing to the total number of employees hitting a record 67.47 million.
Japan Times
Jul 13, 2019
Working harder in a bid to save labor is proving exhausting
The utopia of utopias is "Utopia" by Sir Thomas More (1478-1535). Its best feature is leisure. There are no idle nobles; everyone works. A burden shared is a burden lightened. Utopians "do not wear themselves out with perpetual toil from morning to night, as if they were beasts of burden." They work their daily six hours, then go on to more important things — not "luxury and idleness" (which are forbidden) but the pursuit of culture.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Jun 22, 2019
Cabinet OKs reforms to address Japan's labor market woes
The Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe approved Friday a suite of labor reforms designed to solve Japan's demographic challenges while creating conditions to promote job growth, particularly for those struggling to find stable work.
Japan Times
Jun 11, 2019
Japan to encourage foreign workers to maintain employment outside major cities
The government is planning measures to encourage foreign workers with specific skills under the country's new visa statuses to secure jobs and continue employment outside of big cities, officials said Monday.
Jun 6, 2019
'Employment ice age generation' needs support
Many people who came of age when the economy was struggling and had trouble finding good jobs are still suffering financially and face a grim future.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Regional voices: Chubu
May 13, 2019
South Korean students flock to Japan as birthrate sinks and unemployment climbs
More and more highly educated young people from South Korea, which like Japan has a rapidly graying population and needs more foreign labor for its economy, are coming to Japan because it's difficult to find work at home.
Japan Times
Apr 27, 2019
Keeping up appearances in the workplace in Japan
Coca-Cola Bottlers Japan Inc., which employs about 17,000 people, announced earlier this month it would allow office workers to come to work in jeans and sneakers. Factory workers in the company will still be required to wear uniforms and sales staff will still be expected to don business suits as per regulations in the existing dress code but, for everyone else (about 3,700 workers), the choice of clothing is optional — or, optional up to a point. Polo shirts are OK and women are able to wear sleeveless tops, but the new regulations prohibit shorts, T-shirts, sandals or ripped jeans. In fact, the company released photographic examples of what it calls sawayaka (refreshing) style, a play on the beverage maker's advertising catch copy, which still incorporates suit jackets.


Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
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