HR-ON-THE-GO: Japan HR News Roundup

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  • 14 Oct 2018 13:37 | JHRS (Administrator)

    Unusual work venues are popping up all over Japan as firms try to move from chaining their employees to their desks towards offering staff more freedom in their working practices and as the gig economy spreads even to this temple of corporate culture. On the pavement in Tokyo's Marunouchi financial district, groups of businesspeople clutching laptops sit on pillows around a low table... in a camping tent surrounded by shimmering glass buildings.


  • 12 Oct 2018 13:44 | JHRS (Administrator)

    TOKYO -- Skilled workers that come to Japan will be eligible for a new type of visa that can be renewed indefinitely -- and thus essentially confers permanent residency -- as the nation races to relieve chronic labor shortages.


  • 11 Oct 2018 13:47 | JHRS (Administrator)

    Company-run programs to help employees get a head start on preparing for retirement are flourishing in Japan as the country’s average life expectancy continues to grow.


  • 10 Oct 2018 12:34 | JHRS (Administrator)

    TOKYO -- While Japan is set to up foreign worker numbers under new residency statuses expected to start next year, the Ministry of Justice is considering rejecting applications by individuals from countries that have refused to take back citizens deported by Japan in the past, according to people familiar with the ministry's thinking.


  • 10 Oct 2018 12:30 | JHRS (Administrator)

    TOKYO--Every spring, hordes of young people dressed in matching dark business suits descend on workplaces across Japan. They have not yet joined the ranks of the country's ubiquitous salarymen and women but rather are university students beginning a months-long job hunt.


  • 09 Oct 2018 13:36 | JHRS (Administrator)

    Keidanren said Tuesday it has decided to scrap its long-held guidelines for corporate hiring of university students to give flexibility in recruiting amid increasing competition for young and talented workers.


  • 09 Oct 2018 12:27 | JHRS (Administrator)

    TOKYO -- Japan's traditional recruiting practices, in which most new graduates start their first year of work at the same time in April, are coming under pressure as the country's labor shortage sharpens and demands grow for greater workforce diversity.


  • 08 Oct 2018 12:28 | JHRS (Administrator)

    TOKYO -- Foreigners who want to work in Japan will be able to take a new test of Japanese language proficiency as soon as next April, one with a greater emphasis on practical expressions used in the workplace.


  • 04 Oct 2018 13:46 | JHRS (Administrator)

    TOKYO -- The Japanese government will provide assistance to small and midsize businesses employing or planning to employ foreigners, as the country seeks to secure enough labor to keep its economy humming.


  • 01 Oct 2018 13:48 | JHRS (Administrator)

    Japan’s unemployment rate stood at 2.5% in August, down 0.3% when compared to the previous year according to data from Statistics Japan. The number of unemployed persons in August 2018 was 1.70 million, a decrease of 190,000 or 10.1% from the previous year.


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