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Construction Tops Pay Ranking for Japan’s Listed Companies

The average annual salary at 2,681 listed companies in Japan rose by 0.6% to ¥5.99 million in 2017.
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The Lingering Effects of Japan’s “Employment Ice Age”Genda Yūji

The cohort of young people who left university and attempted to enter the workforce during the decade-long slump that hit the Japanese economy from the late 1990s are now in their forties—normally the prime working years of a person’s career. But many of these survivors of the “employment ice age” struggled to get a foot on the career ladder immediately after graduation, and still face low pay and dim career prospects today. Stagnant consumption among this demographic has widespread knock-on effects, and is hampering efforts to revitalize the wider economy. The debate about finding a comprehensive solution to this problem needs to start now—before it is too late.
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Most International Students Opt to Stay in Japan After Graduation

A survey of international students shows that around three-quarters of those attending universities, graduate schools, vocational colleges, and similar educational institutions plan to remain in Japan after graduation to seek employment or pursue a higher degree.
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Working Japanese Women Still Handle Most of the Housework

Despite a rise in female employees, housework remains primarily “women’s work” in Japan.
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2018 Sees Record Number of Japanese Employees Working on the Side

A growing number of Japanese workers are supplementing their main income.
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Level of Nonregular Employment Remains High in Japan at 37.3%

More than a third of the Japanese workforce is working in nonregular positions. Factors underlying this situation include the increasing number of older people who become contract or temporary workers after retirement.
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Japan Sees Paternity Leave Rate Among Civil Servants Rise (News)

Tokyo, Jan. 5 (Jiji Press)—An increasing number of male national civil servants in Japan are taking child care leave as government agencies have been promoting a change in consciousness among supervisory staff members. The proportion of those who took child care leave stood at 8.2% of all eligible male workers at government agencies in fiscal 2016, which ended in March last year, up 2.7 percent…
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Number of Company Workers with Disabilities in Japan Hits New High (News)

Tokyo, Dec. 12 (Jiji Press)—The number of people with disabilities working for private-sector companies in Japan this year hit a record high for the fourteenth straight year, the labor ministry said Tuesday. The number totaled 495,795 as of June 1, up 4.5% from a year before. The share of such workers in the overall workforce posted a record for the sixth consecutive year, rising 0.05 percen…
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Islands of Solitude: A Psychiatrist’s View of the “Hikikomori”Sekiguchi Hiroshi

Some estimate that up to 1 million people have withdrawn from society in Japan and are living holed up in their rooms. A psychiatrist who has worked with these recluses and their families for many years presents a first-hand view of what their lives are really like.
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Tax to Be Cut by Up to 20% for Firms Increasing Wages (News)

Tokyo, Dec. 11 (Jiji Press)—Japan's government and ruling bloc are in the final stages of talks on a plan to cut corporate tax by up to 20% for companies that increase wages, as part of measures to support their efforts for boosting productivity, informed sources said Monday. The plan will cover large companies that increase pay by 3% or more year on year per worker and small firms offering hik…
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