Tag - jobs



The low proportion of women in paid employment in India is a matter of serious concern and policymakers should focus more on generating demand for female labor
Feb 25, 2024
Are social norms really the main cause of low female employment?
The proportion of women in paid work remains very low in India, despite the economy experiencing high rates of growth and rapid poverty reduction.
An elderly care facility run by Choujukai in Suma, Ishikawa Prefecture
Feb 22, 2024
Elderly care facilities in Noto face labor shortages after quake
The quake prompted closures and downsizing efforts, impacting both staff and residents.
A Rapidus factory construction site in Chitose, Hokkaido, in December
Feb 21, 2024
Japan’s chip spree aims to kick economy into high gear
The government’s chip strategy aims to triple domestic chip sales to around ¥15 trillion by 2030.
CocoDesk private work booths set up by Fujifilm Business Innovation and Tokyo Metro at a subway station in Tokyo
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 20, 2024
Demand for private work booths grows in Japan
The increase in the use of private work booths reflects how working styles have become more diverse since the pandemic.
Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike said that customer harassment was becoming an increasing problem for companies in the capital.
JAPAN / Society
Feb 20, 2024
Tokyo to draft ordinance to curb harassment by customers
The harassment of front-line workers by customers has become a growing trend in the capital, Gov. Yuriko Koike said.
Japan's competitiveness is receding in terms of salaries for IT workers, even disregarding the effects of a weak yen, according to a survey.
Feb 18, 2024
Japan drops to 26th globally in annual pay for IT workers
The fall highlights Japan's lagging wage growth despite the growing global demand for engineers.
An honor guard from the Self-Defense Forces prepares for a ceremony.
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 17, 2024
Japan SDF to soften hairstyle rules as recruit shortage worsens
The Defense Ministry will allow recruits to have longer hair from April this year as it aims to attract young people.
Established in December 2021 in the middle of the pandemic-fuelled gaming craze, Sega Sapporo Studio is remarkable for growing amid a recent slump in the industry.
LIFE / Digital
Feb 17, 2024
Sega developers say new Sapporo studios lead to better lives
Aside from quality-of-life benefits that come from living outside a major metropolis, Sapporo also has a history of game development.
Chu Yi, 23, who is doing a six-month apprenticeship to be a tattoo artist, uses her laptop during an interview at her home on the outskirts of Shanghai on Feb. 5.
BUSINESS / Economy
Feb 15, 2024
Some Chinese youth spurn corporate jobs for 'me time'
Surveys show that Generation Z is the most pessimistic of all age groups in China.
Labor unions at Toyota and other carmakers are seeking record pay increases in this year's spring wage negotiations.
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 15, 2024
Major auto firm unions request record pay hikes ahead of annual talks
Whether major automakers fully accept unions' demands for a second consecutive year is set to be in focus after the prime minister called for wage hikes.
Firefighters remove rubble from the former site of a market in Wajima in Ishikawa Prefecture on Jan. 6, after a fire broke out following a strong earthquake that struck the Noto Peninsula and surrounding areas on Jan. 1.
Feb 15, 2024
Foreign firefighters stifled by Japanese bureaucracy
Ambiguous rules have left some firefighters confused about how their much-needed abilities can be utilized.
Bart Andre, who joined Apple in 1992, told colleagues this month that he is retiring. He helped create the aesthetic for Apple products released over the past three decades.
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 14, 2024
Apple’s longest-serving designer to depart, adding to exodus
Bart Andre, who joined Apple in 1992 alongside Jony Ive, told colleagues this month that he is retiring.
A truck transporting a container parked outside a shipping terminal in Yokohama.
Feb 13, 2024
Japan approves bill to improve labor conditions for truck drivers
The revisions intend to tackle a labor shortage in the logistics industry, known as the "2024 problem."
Facing severe shortages of drivers, Japan will offer tests for driver's licenses for taxis and buses in foreign languages to attract more foreign nationals to the sector.
JAPAN / Society
Feb 11, 2024
Japan taxi and bus driver's license tests to go multilingual
The National Police Agency will issue sample exam questions nationwide in 20 languages by the end of March.
A recent Kyodo News survey on paternity leave at Japanese firms highlights that women continue to play the dominant role in child-rearing, as they take longer leave times.
JAPAN / Society
Feb 11, 2024
87% of firms say paternity leave averages less than three months
On the duration of such leave taken, the largest group of 47% said the average length per child was "one month to less than three months."
The Japanese government forecast that number of digital workers in 2026 will fall short of projected needs by 2.3 million.
Feb 9, 2024
Japan struggles with digital transformation
Japan's general tendency toward risk aversion reduces the readiness to adopt new policies, procedures and technologies.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida discusses a new foreign worker system, in Tokyo on Friday.
JAPAN / Society
Feb 9, 2024
Japan to end technical intern program and allow transfers to new jobs
A planned new system will focus on securing and developing essential workers from abroad to tackle the country's current labor shortage.
Japanese companies are paying higher starting salaries as they struggle to secure young workers.
BUSINESS / Economy
Feb 9, 2024
Japanese firms boosting pay for young workers is good news for Bank of Japan
If wage gain momentum carries over into this year, the BOJ is expected to end the world’s last negative interest rate regime by April.
Elon Musk has gone as far as to say that with technological advances, “there will come a point where no job is needed.” Musk revealed his own artificial intelligence chatbot, dubbed Grok, last year.
Feb 9, 2024
Firms pausing hiring and axing staff quietly as AI craze persists
While some industry leaders have been outspoken about AI’s potential to transform work, there is caution over citing the new tech as a reason for cuts.
A Japan Airlines jet is on fire at Haneda Airport in Tokyo on Jan. 2.
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 7, 2024
Japan air traffic controllers call for 'significant' staff increase
Last year, the number of air traffic control staff in Japan dropped to its lowest level in at least 19 years, according to transport ministry data.


Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves