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Ōita Backs Overseas Students to Revitalize Local Economy (News)

Ōita, May 25 (Jiji Press)—With its population shrinking, Ōita Prefecture has since fiscal 2016 ramped up efforts to help students from overseas who want to start businesses or work locally. The southwestern prefecture has the largest number of international students per 100,000 population and hopes they will help revitalize the region's economy, officials said. One such initiative is to offe…

Work-Life Balance Holds the Key to Japan’s FutureKomuro Yoshie

Japan has changed fundamentally since the era of rapid economic growth, yet Japanese companies remain wedded to an obsolete workplace culture in which core employees, overwhelmingly male, are expected to work grueling hours while leaving domestic matters to their wives. Business consultant Komuro Yoshie argues for government incentives and supports to promote a work-life balance suited to Japan's rapidly aging society.

Record 97.6% of Job-Seeking Grads in Japan Get Positions (News)

Tokyo, May 19 (Jiji Press)—The employment rate for university students who were actively seeking jobs after graduation in spring this year came to 97.6% as of April 1, hitting the highest level since the survey began in 1997, the labor and education ministries said Friday. The figure for new graduates was up 0.3 percentage point from the year-before level. The employment rate as of April 1 rose…

New Employees in Japan Want Holidays over Pay Growth: Survey (News)

Tokyo, May 11 (Jiji Press)—New employees want more holidays and less overtime work rather than pay growth, according to a recent survey by Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting Co. The annual survey, taken from late March to early April, asked rookies who joined last month to choose three out of the eight prepared answers to the question of what they expect from their companies. Of the tota…

Long Road Ahead for True Labor ReformYamada Hisashi

On March 28, Prime Minister Abe Shinzō’s government released a “plan of action,” approved by labor and business leaders, for labor reforms targeting long working hours and excessive wage and benefit disparities. Labor scholar Yamada Hisashi cautions that the plan, while well intentioned, omits important steps needed to ensure meaningful reform and avoid unintended consequences.

Case Advances Against Dentsu, Branch Execs for Illegal Overtime (News)

Tokyo, April 25 (Jiji Press)—Japanese labor authorities on Tuesday sent prosecutors papers on leading advertising agency Dentsu Inc. and executives of three regional branches for allegedly forcing some employees at the branches to work illegally long hours. By forwarding the evidence gathered in investigations to date, the authorities have prepared prosecutors to file formal charges against the co…

Yamato Holdings to Pay ¥19 Billion in Unpaid Overtime (News)

Tokyo, April 18 (Jiji Press)—Japanese transportation service group Yamato Holdings Co. said Tuesday it will pay some 47,000 group employees a total of ¥19 billion in unpaid overtime covering the past two years. The parent of leading parcel delivery company Yamato Transport Co. admitted that many of its drivers had to work long hours, including overtime without pay, chronically due to a surge in…

Japan Adopts Action Plan for Work Style Reform (News)

Tokyo, March 28 (Jiji Press)—The Japanese government on Tuesday adopted an action plan for its work style reform, including the introduction of an overtime cap of less than 100 hours per month and the promotion of equal pay for equal work. The action plan was approved at a meeting of the government's Council for the Realization of Work Style Reform. After a review of the plan by the Labor Po…

A Sea of New Hires at Seven & I Holdings (Japan in Photos)

Newly hired employees for Seven & I Holdings and affiliates attend an entrance ceremony in Tokyo on March 16, 2017. The group signed up 1,215 new recruits this year. (© Jiji)

Japan Attracting Job-Seeking Brazilians Again (News)

Sao Paulo, Jan. 10 (Jiji Press)—Another wave of Brazilians of Japanese descent is moving to Japan in search of jobs. Such "dekasegi" (working away from home) Brazilian workers in Japan peaked in number in 2007, when there were 317,000 Brazilians there, before falling due to the global financial crisis of 2008 as well as the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. But the number is belie…

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