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WORK STYLE REFORM

Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jul 15, 2022
'True balance': Japan's quiet telework revolution
COVID-19 has upended office routines worldwide, but in Japan, some say the shake-up was sorely needed.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / New Normal 2.0
Jun 28, 2022
Japan firms that embraced remote work rediscover value of the office
Despite recognizing the advantages of work from home, some are finding the benefits of in-person communication and collaboration hard to ignore.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jun 28, 2022
Japan to recommend that companies disclose side-job policies
The health ministry hopes to encourage companies to lift bans on side jobs, in order to help diversify ways workers can shape their careers and facilitate moves of workers to growth sectors.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 6, 2022
Elon Musk’s office mandate and recession fears complicate new work era
For the past few years, many white-collar workers have grown accustomed to greater flexibility in where and when they work, but today's recession fears may change that.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 4, 2022
Japan eyes reform of outdated labor systems based on gender 'roles'
The central government has called for a revamp of old-fashioned labor practices, taxation and social security systems that have left the nation's gender gap largely intact for years.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / FOCUS
May 3, 2022
Japanese firms turn to four-day week to improve work-life balance
Companies open to the arrangement are hoping staff will acquire new skills or develop a network of contacts through additional education or a second job.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 12, 2022
Yahoo tells Japan employees they can work anywhere and commute by plane when necessary
According to President Kentaro Kawabe, 90% of the company's employees are now working remotely, and their performance has held steady or improved at home.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jan 10, 2022
Japan’s Panasonic joins global trend toward four-day week
By introducing an optional four-day work week, Panasonic is trying to 'strike an ideal balance between the work style and life style for our diverse human capital.”
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 25, 2021
JR East launches shinkansen 'office cars' amid telework demand
The railway hopes to stimulate demand for business trips and 'workations,' which combine travel with working online.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Oct 9, 2021
Report touts benefits of secondary jobs for Japanese workers and firms
The report compiled by Keidanren focused on the way increasing flexibility in allowing people to take on additional jobs can address labor shortages.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Sep 29, 2021
Telecom giant NTT to standardize remote work and end job relocations for all staff
In a drastic shake-up to adapt to a post-pandemic society, the group also plans to begin decentralizing its management departments from the capital to core cities in regional areas.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / ANALYSIS
Jun 19, 2021
Experts divided as Japan government backs four-day workweek
It's unclear if the initiative will be widely accepted, with both the labor and management side voicing concerns about potential unwanted outcomes.
Japan Times
JAPAN / ANALYSIS
Jun 18, 2021
Suga's first growth strategy met with calls to tackle Japan's chronic labor issues
Although much of the spotlight tends to gravitate toward hot economic issues, economists say that it is critical — and timely — for Japan to work on its more deeply rooted problems.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 3, 2021
Remote work drives Japanese to suburbs, boosting Resona Holdings
The mortgage lender is enjoying a surge in demand for credit from homebuyers seeking larger properties in the suburbs, where the bank has a strong presence.
Japan Times
JAPAN
May 30, 2021
For some of Japan's lonely workers, COVID-19 brings a homecoming
Workers assigned to far-flung locations are seeing their employers bringing them back to their homes and families.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
May 30, 2021
Can a four-day workweek solve Japan’s labor market issues?
Polling shows a majority of workers have positive opinions on shorter workweeks, yet many have concerns over pay cuts.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / ANALYSIS
Apr 29, 2021
Right to disconnect gains ground as pandemic brings work home
Ireland introduced a legal right for employees to not respond to emails, telephone calls or other messages during nonwork hours from April 1.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / Japan Pulse
Apr 24, 2021
The mythical three-day weekend: Is it too good to be true?
Working remotely was something Japan, Inc. was never supposed to be able to do. Now that we've done it, is a shorter work week in the cards?
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Apr 19, 2021
Major firms in Japan to hire fewer graduates next year amid pandemic
A survey of 110 large companies found over a fifth plan to curb hiring next year, with sectors such as transport and tourism more significantly affected.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies / Regional voices: Chubu
Mar 19, 2021
Side jobs offer career development for some but overwork hazards for others
While the government and Keidanren hope more flexible working will vitalize firms and improve job satisfaction, data shows most with side jobs are lower earners trying to survive.

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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