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  • 01 Apr 2020 13:08 | JHRS (Administrator)

    TOKYO--The Diet enacted legislation on Tuesday to spur businesses to let employees work until age 70, in a bid to increase its working population to cover rising social security costs amid an aging and shrinking population.


  • 31 Mar 2020 13:10 | JHRS (Administrator)

    The number of workers in Japan who are expected to be fired or see their employment contracts not renewed due to the fallout from the outbreak of the new coronavirus is projected to total 1,021, the labor ministry said Tuesday.


  • 24 Mar 2020 18:12 | JHRS (Administrator)

    About 13 percent of company employees across Japan are working remotely as part of measures to prevent the further spread of the novel coronavirus, the first time for almost half of them, according to the results of a study by a Tokyo-based think tank.


  • 24 Mar 2020 18:07 | JHRS (Administrator)

    Although the number of government employees taking paternity leave has been increasing, the period booked is shorter than a month in most cases. To encourage them to take longer leave, the government will introduce an evaluation system to give high ratings to workers in managerial positions who actively support subordinates taking such leave.


  • 22 Mar 2020 18:03 | JHRS (Administrator)

    To protect employees from such high-risk environments, firms nationwide have been scrambling to enable them to work remotely. A survey conducted by the Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry earlier this month showed that 54.7 percent of large corporations with capital of ¥300 million or more in the prefecture are now implementing telework.


  • 20 Mar 2020 18:08 | JHRS (Administrator)

    The global crisis has left stranded hundreds of foreign nationals who were set to join the Japanese workforce in labor-hungry industries under a government-sponsored work permit program introduced in April last year, said Shoko Sasaki, commissioner of the Immigration Services Agency, on Thursday.


  • 18 Mar 2020 18:17 | JHRS (Administrator)

    Economists say that buoying consumption is indeed important, but that the first priority at this point should be to support companies unexpectedly hit by the virus and those who have lost or will likely to lose their jobs. They also say that cash distribution won’t be so fruitful when people’s mobility is restricted, while slashing the consumption tax rate is unrealistic in terms of current political hurdles as well as technical procedures.


  • 05 Mar 2020 14:43 | JHRS (Administrator)

    The number of young people working casual part-time or nonregular jobs has been decreasing due to the favorable job market in Japan. At the same time, an increasing number of older men are working in these kinds of positions.


  • 04 Mar 2020 14:45 | JHRS (Administrator)

    Authorities have urged companies to break long-standing taboos and encourage their employees to work from home to curb the spread of the virus, and Prime Minster Shinzo Abe’s call last week to shut down schools across the country has forced millions of parents into a work-from-home experiment the country’s firms are ill-prepared for.


  • 02 Mar 2020 14:51 | JHRS (Administrator)

    TOKYO -- Companies in Japan are scrambling to accommodate working parents after nationwide school closures aimed at fighting the coronavirus went into effect on Monday, just days after the move was announced.


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