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  • 14 Jan 2022 14:27 | JHRS (Administrator)

    In a videoconference Thursday, economic revitalization minister Daishiro Yamagiwa, also in charge of the government’s measures against the virus, asked leaders of the country’s top three business lobbies, including the Japan Business Federation, or Keidanren, for stepped-up efforts to use remote work further in response to the worsening infection situation.


  • 13 Jan 2022 14:38 | JHRS (Administrator)

    Yahoo Japan will be giving their employees the freedom to work from anywhere in the country starting this April, according to reports, at the same time increasing the commuting budget for every employee per month. In a report from Bloomberg, the 8,000-strong workplace will be getting an increased commuter budget of JPY150,000 per worker, lifting the company' previous daily cap.


  • 10 Jan 2022 14:29 | JHRS (Administrator)

    Panasonic’s move is in line with actions by technology companies worldwide that are trying to attract talent in a tight job market by offering a shorter week. Inc. piloted a four-day week for select employees in 2018, and consumer-goods giant Unilever Plc in December 2020 started a yearlong trial of the shortened week for its New Zealand staff. Countries such as Ireland and Iceland are also trying it out.


  • 09 Jan 2022 14:34 | JHRS (Administrator)

    Despite a gradual improvement in Japan’s economic conditions, a labour shortage is slowly starting to bite in industries such as restaurants and manufacturing in which many people decided to switch jobs while on furlough amid the Covid-19 pandemic.


  • 09 Jan 2022 14:32 | JHRS (Administrator)

    TOKYO -- A woman in her 20s from Taiwan who had finished her two years at a Japanese graduate school in March landed a new job with a foreign-affiliated company in Tokyo in December. She finally was able to work in finance, as she wanted -- but two years behind other students in her academic year who were already pursuing their own careers.


  • 03 Jan 2022 14:23 | JHRS (Administrator)

    Raising pay is one of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s key policy objectives, with the prime minister tweaking tax laws to benefit companies which implement pay hikes.


  • 29 Dec 2021 14:17 | JHRS (Administrator)

    In November, the total number of unemployed people increased by 100,000 from the previous month to 1.92 million, rising for the first time in three months, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said.


  • 26 Dec 2021 14:26 | JHRS (Administrator)

    A total of 74.2% of those who graduated from college in Japan this March found jobs, down 3.5 percentage points from the previous year for the second straight yearly fall amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to government data.


  • 24 Dec 2021 14:21 | JHRS (Administrator)

    TOKYO -- Teleworking practices have spread amid the coronavirus pandemic while communications tools have grown more convenient, and many people may have experienced being fed up of work-related calls and emails while relaxing at home outside working hours. Recently, the right to disconnect, which allows employees to disengage from work, has been gathering attention. 


  • 13 Dec 2021 01:03 | JHRS (Administrator)

    Tokyo, Dec. 13 (Jiji Press)--Japan's labor ministry revealed Monday that the cumulative amount of employment adjustment subsidies provided or set to be provided by the Japanese government has exceeded 5 trillion yen since March 2020.


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