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WORK STYLE REFORM

An office worker in London. A new report found that 36% of so-called workpoints — cubicles and desks — are never occupied, "indicating a general oversupply.”
BUSINESS / Companies
Aug 23, 2023
More than one-third of desks globally sit empty all week long
The dearth of desk usage could prompt employers to rethink their real estate needs.
People look at job listings. A U.N. study has found that artificial intelligence is likely to change the intensity of work and the degree of worker autonomy than destroy jobs.
BUSINESS / Tech
Aug 22, 2023
AI more likely to change work than destroy jobs: U.N. study
The study found that 5.5% of employment in high-income countries was potentially exposed to impacts from generative AI, more than in low-income countries.
People work in an office where the majority of staff work remotely at the headquarters of Fujitsu in Tokyo in August 2020.
JAPAN / Society
Aug 19, 2023
Japan firms cut teleworking despite strong demand, survey shows
The ratio of workers using the telework system in Japan dropped to 22.2%, the lowest level since the coronavirus outbreak hit the country.
Sendai Station is one of the train stations to see the biggest gains in foot traffic compared to pre-pandemic levels.
JAPAN
Aug 12, 2023
30% of Japan prefectures see crowds surpass pre-COVID levels
Based on an analysis of major train stations, 13 locations, or 28%, recorded more people than during the same period in 2019.
Workers at a WeWork coworking office in London
BUSINESS / Companies
Aug 11, 2023
Flexible work will survive despite gloomy corporate signals
A growing body of research, trend data and surveys show that flexibility matters, and that work is now a thing we do, not a place we go.
Logistics companies have started asking truck drivers to use sleep-tracking devices.
BUSINESS / Companies
Aug 10, 2023
Japan truck industry monitors drivers' sleep ahead of overtime cap
Firms are asking drivers to use mattress sleep trackers and wearables as they ready for an expected industry-wide crunch once overtime is limited.
A recent report showed that the number of career bureaucrats leaving government to join startups had quadrupled over the two years through fiscal 2022.
COMMENTARY / Japan
Aug 8, 2023
Japan’s young civil servants are growing disillusioned
Big companies remain the most popular career option, attracting 34% of those who change jobs.
A new study suggests that the benefits from shifting to a four-day week may last and grow stronger over time, rather than dissipating.
BUSINESS
Aug 4, 2023
Employee health benefits of four-day weeks persist, study shows
Self-reported physical and mental health scores held steady over a full year of the pilot program, while work-life balance continued to improve.
The financial district of San Francisco in May 2022
BUSINESS
Jul 20, 2023
Not all firms are ready for a four-day week — yet, says expert
The largest-ever trial of the four-day work week found that most U.K. businesses participating don’t want to return to the five-day standard.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jul 20, 2023
Not all firms are ready for a four-day week — yet
The largest-ever trial of the four-day work week found that most U.K. businesses participating don’t want to return to the five-day standard.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 12, 2023
Defense Ministry urged to attract skilled talent from private sector
The recommendations come as the government plans to create a new recruiting system to employ highly skilled Self-Defense Forces officers as early as the next fiscal year, starting in April.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jun 26, 2023
A fulfilling job is a luxury of modern times
The idea that your work should pay emotional dividends — and not just the bills — would have seemed strange to most people before the 20th century.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jun 16, 2023
Remote work revolution becomes tug-of-war between bosses and fed-up staff
While workers don’t want to give up flexibility, leaders want teams back to boost collaboration and avoid a productivity slump.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jun 2, 2023
Japan workers are shifting from lifetime employment, LinkedIn's country head says
Firms also need to adapt to changing attitudes among workers who value family life and flexibility more than they did in the past, the company's first female country chief has said.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Jun 1, 2023
How remote work connected employees making $19 an hour and $80,000 a year
Corporate employees who don't want to return to the office face tensions over how their demands compare with those of others who could never work remotely.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
May 18, 2023
More turn to four-day week, driving productivity and improving well-being
Out of 61 firms that took part in the world's biggest four-day week trial last year, 56 have stuck with the policy.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
May 11, 2023
Lower Tokyo office vacancy rate gives relief to market after COVID-19
Historically, the city has recorded vacancy rates in the low single digits, but the market may be settling into a new normal of higher levels considering the change in work trends.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Longform
May 8, 2023
Japan's spin on 'workations' proves a hit
The market for the new work initiative that grew in popularity during the pandemic is predicted to be worth in excess of ¥100 billion in fiscal 2023.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
May 8, 2023
Japanese companies split over post-pandemic remote working
Some major companies have been shifting back to working at the office in principle. Others are cautious about fully returning to an office-based work style.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 28, 2023
77% of junior high school teachers exceeded overtime cap in fiscal 2022
In a sign of improvement, however, the data showed that fewer teachers are working 60 hours or more a week, which would put them at greater risk of death by overwork.

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