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  • 19 Jun 2024 17:11 | JHRS (Administrator)

    TOKYO -- As Japan moves to a new foreign worker training program that provides more flexibility in changing jobs, regions outside metropolitan areas are sweetening their offers and bolstering support in a bid to attract talent.


  • 19 Jun 2024 17:05 | JHRS (Administrator)

    Japan's Parliament has passed a new foreign worker scheme that will allow employees to transfer workplaces under certain conditions, according to reports.

    The new programme will allow foreign employees to transfer workplaces if they have worked in one place for over a year, and if their Japanese language and professional abilities meet certain requirements, Kyodo News reported.


  • 19 Jun 2024 17:03 | JHRS (Administrator)

    Japan’s labor shortage is expected to become more severe in the coming decades due to its declining population. In March last year, Recruit Works Institute released a simulation showing that Japan might face a shortage of 3.41 million workers by 2030 and 11 million workers by 2040.


  • 19 Jun 2024 17:00 | JHRS (Administrator)

    TOKYO, June 18 (Reuters) - The price Japanese companies charge each other for services with high labour costs rose 2.8% in April from a year earlier, the fastest increase in nearly four years, central bank data showed on Tuesday.

    The data highlights how prospects of steady wage increases are prompting more companies to charge more for their services, a trend the Bank of Japan (BOJ) sees as a prerequisite to raise interest rates from current near-zero levels.


  • 01 Jun 2024 16:44 | JHRS (Administrator)

    Japan's job availability ratio in April fell 0.02 point from the previous month to 1.26, marking the first drop in two months, as high material prices weighed on recruitment in the manufacturing sector, government data showed Friday.

    Separate data showed the country's unemployment rate stood at 2.6 percent in the reporting month, unchanged from March.


  • 01 Jun 2024 16:40 | JHRS (Administrator)

    Japanese companies are increasingly seeking to hire graduates of a top Indian science university amid a severe shortage of IT workers.

    Representatives from about 100 Japanese firms attended a seminar in Tokyo on Monday for advice on recruiting students from the Indian Institute of Technology.


  • 01 Jun 2024 16:36 | JHRS (Administrator)

    The OECD said Thursday that it is problematic that foreign technical trainees often bear heavy debts to pay fees to the organizations that send them to Japan.

    The position was included in an overview of the OECD's first review on Japan's foreign labor policy, conducted over the three years from 2021 with the labor ministry's National Institute of Population and Social Security Research.


  • 01 Jun 2024 16:18 | JHRS (Administrator)

    TOKYO - Some 40 percent of highly skilled foreign workers choose to remain in Japan, a report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development showed Thursday, with the relatively high rate benefitting the Asian nation struggling with a labor shortage.

    In its first review of Japan's labor migration policy, the OECD also highlighted controversial aspects of the country's foreign technical intern program, which the government plans to revamp amid criticism that the program has provided cover for companies seeking to import cheap labor from Asia and fostered conditions conducive to human rights violations.


  • 16 May 2024 11:57 | JHRS (Administrator)

    The number of foreign workers in Japan increased nearly threefold in a decade to 2.05 million in 2023, according to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare. Although companies have been relying on foreign labor for years, the recent surge has increased the need for foreign supervisors.

    Japan needs 6.74 million foreign workers to achieve the government's growth goals for 2040, according to the Japan International Cooperation Agency. This will require not only attracting more foreign talent, but retaining it as well.


  • 16 May 2024 10:35 | JHRS (Administrator)

    Over 80,000 foreign nationals work part-time in Japan's three TOKYO- major convenience store chains, data collected by Kyodo News showed Wednesday, in a trend likely to continue amid labor shortages from an aging population.

    Foreign workers now represent around 10 percent of the part-time labor force across branches of Seven-Eleven Japan Co., Lawson Inc. and FamilyMart Co. convenience stores, according to the data.


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