Tag - labor-shortage



Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Sep 15, 2015
In Japan, the rise of the machines solves a labor problem
The rise of the machines in the workplace has U.S. and European experts predicting massive unemployment and tumbling wages.
Feb 10, 2015
Wrong way to import workers
If Japan needs foreign workers to fill its manpower needs, the government should consider a new system of accepting such labor on a longer-term basis rather than under the guise of an technical internship program.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Dec 17, 2014
Shipbuilders rejecting orders amid labor shortage
The depreciation of the yen is boosting demand in industries like shipbuilding, where companies are scrambling to hire enough workers, especially in areas where the number of working-age individuals is declining.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Dec 17, 2014
Painting firm offers solutions to construction industry labor shortage
With its aging workforce, Japan is facing a severe labor shortage in the construction and civil engineering industry. But a painting company in Matsue, Shimane Prefecture, may have some answers.
Oct 25, 2014
Keidanren gets behind push to increase foreign workers
Japan should accept more foreign workers to address labor shortages in the economy and sustain growth, the head of the country's largest business lobby said Friday.
Aug 5, 2014
Japan to tighten oversight of job training program for foreigners
Facing criticism that some Japanese firms exploit foreign trainees, the Abe administration plans to set up a new body with the power to conduct on-site inspections to enhance supervision, sources said Monday.
Jul 28, 2014
Nearly a third of companies facing worker shortfall: survey
About a third of Japanese companies with at least 30 workers are facing a shortage of part-time or full-time staff, according to the results of a recent survey by Recruit Works Institute, and many employers see little hope of fixing the problem.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jul 15, 2014
Robots can solve labor woes: Son
Employing all-purpose robots endowed with artificial intelligence as a workforce in the manufacturing industry is the solution to staving off any impending labor shortage in Japan, SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son said Tuesday.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Apr 30, 2014
Contractors feeling impact of 'Abenomics'
The construction industry is raising wages and selling bonds as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's stimulus policies cause labor shortages and a need for funds.
Apr 15, 2014
Flawed foreign labor plan
The Abe administration's sudden plan to use participants in a controversial foreign trainee program to fill manpower shortages in the nation's construction industry smacks of a ploy that benefits only Japan. The government must first consider how these workers' rights will be protected as well as how to avoid social problems if they are used.
Mar 23, 2014
JICA to give ¥100 million in ODA to vocational school in Vietnam
A vocational training school run by a Japanese firm in northern Vietnam will receive ¥100 million in official development assistance, officials of a government-backed aid agency said.
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.


Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on