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

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  • 09 Nov 2018 13:34 | JHRS (Administrator)

    The number of people out of work for more than a year came to 480,000, according to the Labor Force Survey for the July-September quarter released by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications recently. That represents a drop of 30,000 on the previous quarter and is the lowest figure since the ministry began issuing quarterly surveys in 2002.


  • 30 Oct 2018 13:30 | JHRS (Administrator)

    The nationwide unemployment rate fell to 2.3 percent, down from 2.4 percent the previous month and remaining near the lowest level since the early 1990s, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said.


  • 29 Oct 2018 11:55 | JHRS (Administrator)

    TOKYO -- The majority of the Japanese public backs Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's plan to admit more foreign workers to address the nation's labor shortage, with support particularly strong among young people, the latest Nikkei survey shows.


  • 28 Oct 2018 11:49 | JHRS (Administrator)

    Only two fourth-generation people of Japanese ancestry living overseas have been granted permission to work in Japan since the government began accepting applications under a new visa program in late March to help solve a chronic labor shortage.


  • 25 Oct 2018 11:52 | JHRS (Administrator)

    TOKYO -- Japan plans to let businesses pay their employees with electronic money, such as via smartphone apps or payroll cards, a move expected to help foreign workers who lack bank accounts.


  • 25 Oct 2018 11:51 | JHRS (Administrator)

    Education Minister Masahiko Shibayama said on Tuesday that an ongoing probe into gender bias at 81 medical universities found that the practice of unfairly docking marks in entrance exam scripts of female applicants appeared to be "quite widespread".


  • 24 Oct 2018 11:56 | JHRS (Administrator)

    TOKYO -- Japan will create a new residence status to make it easier for more "work ready" foreigners to enter the country, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in his policy speech to open an extraordinary session of parliament.


  • 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.


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