Editorials Feb 15, 2014

More foreigners working in Japan

Whether it's the willingness at more workplaces to accept diversity or the nationwide worker shortage, especially in the construction industry, more foreigners are working in Japan than ever before.

National Jan 24, 2014

Japan to expand number of alien workers in construction sector

Cabinet ministers discussed Friday how to raise the number of foreigners in the construction sector to ease a serious labor shortage caused by the rise in public works spending under the "Abenomics" stimulus policy, officials said. Ministers present at the meeting included Chief Cabinet Secretary ...

National Nov 20, 2013

ACCJ urges rise in foreign housekeepers so women can join workforce

The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan is calling on the government to increase the number of foreign domestic workers and expand after-school support for children to help bring more women into the workforce. The business organization said such measures are necessary for the Abe ...

Foreign workers in tight spot as plants close

National Jun 5, 2013

Foreign workers in tight spot as plants close

by Tomomi Miura and Tetsuo Watanabe

Successive closures of plants by large domestic manufacturers as part of operational restructuring have left local governments and civilian groups facing serious problems, among them the increase in unemployed foreign workers. A Japanese-language and business-etiquette class for Japanese-Brazilians was started in Minokamo, Gifu Prefecture, in ...

National Jul 7, 2010

Probe urged over 27 foreign trainee deaths in Japan in fiscal 2009

Twenty-seven foreign nationals died in fiscal 2009 after coming to Japan for employment under a government-authorized training program, the second-highest figure on record. Most of the workers who died were in their 20s to 30s, officials at the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said. Nine died ...