Government mulls easing restrictions on foreign workers

National May 30, 2018

Government mulls easing restrictions on foreign workers

The government may allow 500,000 low-skilled foreign workers entry to the country for a maximum of five years though fiscal 2025 as a part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's new economic policy outline expected to be released in mid-June, according to sources. Under the new ...

Debating the merits of lifetime employment

National / Media | MEDIA MIX Nov 1, 2014

Debating the merits of lifetime employment

by Philip Brasor

Some years ago I worked for a language-teaching service that offered in-house classes for companies. One client was a major electronics manufacturer, and many of the students were trained engineers assigned to the sales division. This human resources tactic always struck me as counter-productive, since ...

Film mines rich seams of history

National / History Aug 14, 2011

Film mines rich seams of history

by Tai Kawabata

Hiroko Kumagai will never forget the day in 1998 when she first stepped inside the red-brick building at the entrance to the closed and shuttered Miyahara shaft in the Miike coal mine in Omuta, Fukuoka Prefecture. "I felt I heard the voices of people working ...