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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)
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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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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.
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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…
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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.
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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…
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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.
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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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Can “Womenomics” Save the Japanese Economy?

Prime Minister Abe Shinzō has placed women-centered policies at the heart of his “Abenomics” growth strategy. While Japanese women have begun playing a larger role in the labor force, they still lag far behind their counterparts in other developed countries, especially when it comes to leadership positions. Abe hopes to reinvigorate the economy by unleashing the power of "womenomics."
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Japan’s Labor Shortages in PerspectiveTsunemi Yōhei

Labor shortages have become a hot topic in the Japanese media. While the nation’s inexorably shrinking working-age population has grabbed most of the headlines, the author believes Japanese business and the government can do far more to expand the labor pool and match job seekers to the available jobs.
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