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  • 27 Feb 2024 20:14 | JHRS (Administrator)

    Japan is facing a stark shortage of skilled human resources in the technology sector, even as it seeks to digitalise its economy and kickstart its lagging semiconductor industry.


  • 27 Feb 2024 20:09 | JHRS (Administrator)

    New recruits to the Japanese military will be allowed to have longer hair in a bid to attract more young people, the country's defence ministry has said.

    The announcement comes as Japan struggles with a shortage of soldiers in the face of growing concerns about China and North Korea.


  • 27 Feb 2024 20:07 | JHRS (Administrator)

    Tokyo (Jiji Press)—The Japanese government has adopted plans to create a new system designed to train unskilled foreign workers and facilitate their attainment of medium- to long-term employment opportunities in Japan.


  • 27 Feb 2024 20:04 | JHRS (Administrator)

    The government on Friday formally decided to abolish the controversial foreign technical intern program, marking a significant shift in its approach to workers from overseas. In its place, there will be a new system enabling long-term residency.

    The new system is aimed at bringing foreign workers up to a certain skill level within three years, paving the way for a long-term stay in Japan.


  • 16 Feb 2024 01:22 | JHRS (Administrator)

    Pizza delivery giant Domino's has apologized after a video surfaced online Monday of an employee pretending to pick his nose and wipe it on pizza dough — the latest in a spate of similar incidents to go viral online.

    The video, which was posted at around 3 p.m. Monday on the Bakusai forum website, showed what appeared to be a uniformed Domino's Pizza employee picking his nose and rubbing it on the pizza dough.


  • 14 Feb 2024 19:22 | JHRS (Administrator)

    Tokyo, Feb. 14 (Jiji Press)--A Japanese government advisory panel Wednesday proposed hikes in hospital visit fees paid by outpatients for their initial and follow-up medical examinations, in order to increase salaries of health care workers.


  • 14 Feb 2024 19:06 | JHRS (Administrator)

    The Japanese government has decided to revamp its foreign-trainee programme, which has faced criticism for exploiting cheap labour. The country is now introducing a new system aimed at teaching skills and protecting the rights of trainees.


  • 14 Feb 2024 18:42 | JHRS (Administrator)

    The Japanese government approved a bill Tuesday to improve labor conditions for truck drivers, promoting better pay and implementing measures to reduce hours worked in response to the labor shortage in the logistics industry.


  • 01 Feb 2024 01:40 | JHRS (Administrator)

    TOKYO (Jiji Press)—The average ratio of effective job openings to seekers in Japan rose for the second straight year in 2023 as demand for labor grew following the removal of COVID-19 restrictions and amid serious workforce shortages, government data showed Tuesday.


  • 31 Jan 2024 23:35 | JHRS (Administrator)

    Japanese companies are hiring more people as the economy bounces back from a coronavirus downturn. The increase has yet to surpass pre-pandemic levels for jobs as businesses struggle with higher materials costs.

    The labor ministry says the ratio of openings to job seekers increased for the second straight year in 2023 to 1.31. That means there were 131 positions offered for every 100 applicants. It's an uptick of 0.03 points from 2022.


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