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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…

Japan’s Dilemma of Attracting and Keeping Foreign TalentHimeda Konatsu

Demand for foreign employees is on the rise in Japan, both as a way to boost the country’s international competitiveness and to shore up the workforce as the population grays and birthrate falls. Yet Japanese companies will need to take an honest evaluation of their corporate culture if they hope to fully utilize and retain foreign talent.

Highly Skilled Foreigners to Get Permanent Japan Residency in One Year (News)

Tokyo, Dec. 17 (Jiji Press)—The Japanese government plans to grant highly skilled foreign people permanent residency after they live in Japan for one year, at the earliest, informed sources said Saturday. Currently, such foreigners as researchers and corporate managers can become permanent residents if they stay in the country for at least five years. The government is now working to shorten…

Share of Working Moms Hits Record-High 68%

The Survey of Living Conditions compiled by the Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare show that 68.1% of Japanese mothers with children under 18 years old were gainfully employed in 2015. The rate, the highest since the survey began monitoring working mothers in 2004, reflects an increase in the number of single mothers and overall growth in women’s workforce participation.

Shifting the Employment Debate: “Nonregular” Focus Distracts and MisleadsGenda Yūji

Nonregular employment is now said to account for around 40% of all jobs in Japan. There is a huge gulf in conditions between regular employees (seishain) and nonregular employees (hi-seishain). In a bid to eliminate this gulf, Prime Minister Abe Shinzō pledged to bring about “equal pay for equal work” in his January 2016 policy speech. Closing the gap will not be an easy task, however. Companie…

A Welcome Revision of the Worker Dispatch ActHamaguchi Keiichirō

The recent revision of the Worker Dispatch Act has been criticized as promoting ongoing use of agency-dispatched workers. But one expert argues that it marks a welcome shift toward compliance with international norms.

Japan’s Employment System in TransitionGenda Yūji

Japan’s employment system is in the midst of a historic upheaval. In a society once famous for lifetime employment, permanent positions are becoming increasingly hard to come by, even as long-term labor shortages loom. Genda Yūji uses historical data to analyze these changes and stresses the need for a new employment paradigm that balances stability against flexibility while tapping the potential of older workers.

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