Tag - labor-shortage



Japan Times
Jul 25, 2018
Japan faces challenges as it moves to accept more foreign workers
Japan's move toward opening its doors to more foreign workers is widely seen as a must to better cope with an expected shrinkage in the working population.
Japan Times
Jun 15, 2018
Abe-led panel adopts new visa plan to accept 500,000 low-skilled laborers by 2025
Japan has long officially banned the entry of unskilled foreign workers despite its rapidly shrinking working-age population.
Japan Times
May 29, 2018
Japan's airports face security staff crunch ahead of 2020 Olympics
Major airports in Japan are struggling to retain luggage inspectors due to low wages and long hours, leaving authorities concerned about anti-terrorism efforts ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
May 18, 2018
Record 98% of Japan's university graduates land jobs amid recovering economy
Aided by firms' increasing appetite for recruitment, the rate of university students seeking jobs also increased to 75.3 percent, the highest on record.
Jan 27, 2018
Japan sees foreign workers climb to record 1.28 million as labor crunch continues
Japan's population of foreign workers has grown 18 percent on year, led by Chinese and a surge in Vietnamese entrants.
Japan Times
Dec 7, 2017
Japan's robots stepping up to fill worst labor shortage in 40 years
While people fret about robots taking human jobs, machines in Japan are stepping in to fill vacancies amid the worst labor shortage in more than 40 years. That is creating an opportunity for up-and-coming startups focused on automating warehouse tasks.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 5, 2017
Lawson to offer unattended late-night checkout counters
Lawson Inc. will introduce unattended checkout counter services late at night at some of its stores, the first such step by a convenience store operator to tackle the labor shortage.
Japan Times
Aug 22, 2017
Prime time in worker-scarce Japan for investing in service robots
Faced with their worst labor shortage in decades, Japanese service companies are finally turning to labor-saving technology, an investment that could lift the sector's woeful level of productivity and allow them to raise wages.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Jul 21, 2017
Solving Japan's labor shortage will be crucial for sustainable growth: government report
A fiscal 2017 white paper on Japan's economy and finances highlights its labor shortage and poor productivity and suggests cutting working hours and eliminating worker discrimination.
Japan Times
Jul 5, 2017
Job-changing reaches a seven-year high as Japan Inc. scrambles to cope with labor shortages
Japan's labor shortage has pushed the number of people changing jobs and employers during their career to its highest level since the global financial crisis, as companies scramble for workers with experience amid a rapidly-aging economy.
Japan Times
Jun 23, 2017
Goldman Sachs economist urges crackdown on unpaid overtime to boost Japan's productivity
Japan should crack down on excessive unpaid overtime in order to boost productivity, as the nation's irreversible labor shortage means companies must streamline to cope with fewer people, according to Goldman Sachs Group Inc. chief Japan economist.
Japan Times
Jun 21, 2017
Delivery firms team up with convenience stores as labor shortage bites
Faced with a severe labor shortage and grappling with heavy workloads amid a surge in online shopping, courier companies are teaming up with convenience stores to distribute parcels and relieve some of the burden on drivers.
Japan Times
Jun 14, 2017
Tokyo's Filipino housekeepers arrive as part of program to bolster sagging labor numbers
Housekeeping operators are looking to increase more foreign maids in Tokyo, taking advantage of a special deregulation-zone system, as the need for such services is expected to grow.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
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.
Japan Times
Apr 13, 2017
OECD urges Japan to promote labor reforms amid 'muted' wage growth
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development on Thursday called for Japan to promote labor reforms by imposing a binding cap on overtime work and removing obstacles to women's employment because its job market is tight.
Apr 11, 2017
Job offers for graduating students in 2018 up amid labor shortage
More companies are offering jobs to university students on course to graduate next March than the previous year as businesses look to secure their workforce amid a growing labor shortage, a Tokyo-based recruitment company said Tuesday.
BUSINESS / Economy
Dec 6, 2016
Labor shortage is worst in least productive industries
Japan's aging and shrinking population is causing labor shortages that should be helping workers win higher pay.
JAPAN / Politics
Sep 27, 2016
Labor panel meets after report Japan may open doors to nursing staff and construction workers
A government panel on labor reforms such as a narrowing of the pay gap between regular and nonregular workers held its first meeting Tuesday at the Prime Minister's Office.
May 9, 2016
Regional firms trying to lure skilled managers from Tokyo and Osaka
In a bid to grow their businesses and plug talent shortages, regional small and midsize companies are increasingly trying to poach managers and other senior staff from big firms in major cities such as Tokyo and Osaka.
Japan Times
Jan 6, 2016
Government weighs immigration to maintain population, boost workforce
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in September announced administrative measures seeking to maintain a population of at least 100 million people over the next 50 years with a target of significantly raising the fertility rate to 1.8.


The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.
The language of opportunity: Bilingual education is on the rise in Japan