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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…

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…

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Some estimate that up to 1 million people have withdrawn from society in Japan and are living holed up in their rooms.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.

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…

Habu Sachiko: Balancing Work and Family Is Not an Issue for Women Only

Website Nikkei Dual offers a range of information for working parents, including hints for daycare hunting, advice for school entrance exams, quick recipes, and seminars on work-life balance. Nippon.com recently sat down with editor-in-chief Habu Sachiko, who shared the site’s approach to helping people balance their home and work lives.

Yamato Offers ¥2,000 Hourly Pay for Night Drivers at Year-End (News)

Tokyo, Nov. 15 (Jiji Press)—Yamato Transport Co. is recruiting temporary drivers for nighttime parcel deliveries in December by offering an hourly pay of ¥2,000 in some regions, informed sources have said. Yamato is offering more than double the legal minimum wages to secure enough drivers for the period, when delivery demand is expected to surge due chiefly to Christmas and year-end gifts, the…

Trying Out Teleworking at Nippon.comMasuda Miki

As working from home gradually becomes an option for company workers in Japan, Nippon.com has instituted its own system allowing employees with young children to telecommute. How are the workers making use of this new flexibility?

45% of Japan Companies Face Full-Time Worker Shortage (News)

Tokyo, Aug. 24 (Jiji Press)--A record 45.4% of Japanese companies face a shortage of full-time employees, a Teikoku Databank Ltd. survey showed Thursday. The figure is the highest since the private credit research firm started the survey in May 2006 and up 7.5 percentage points from the July 2016 poll. By industrial sector, information service, including software-developing companies, topped…

Why Are Wages Not Rising Despite the Labor Shortage?Genda Yūji

According to standard economic theory, a shortage of workers will cause wages to rise. Why is this not happening in Japan? Is it because of insufficient capital investment, as the government suggests? Other factors may be more important, notably the weakness of companies’ on-the-job training. And given the rigidity of regular wages, greater flexibility in bonus payments seems like a better route to higher pay.

972 Disabled People Faced Workplace Abuse in Japan in FY 2016 (News)

Tokyo, July 26 (Jiji Press)—The number of people with disabilities who were abused at their workplaces in Japan came to 972 in fiscal 2016, down 151, or 13.4%, from the preceding year, a government survey showed Wednesday. Of the total, people with intellectual disabilities accounted for 53%, those with mental disorders 24%, and those with physical disabilities 21%, according to the Health, Lab…

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