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  • 21 Jan 2020 15:38 | JHRS (Administrator)

    The government is likely to fall far short of its target of issuing work permits under a new visa system to 340,000 non-Japanese over the next five years to alleviate acute labor shortages in 14 sectors.


  • 20 Jan 2020 15:39 | JHRS (Administrator)

    TOKYO -- Japan's welfare ministry plans to extend special transitional measures to fiscal 2026 that grant graduates of elderly care courses provisional certification without the need to pass a national exam, as part of efforts to alleviate a labor shortage in the sector, ministry sources said Sunday.


  • 12 Jan 2020 15:35 | JHRS (Administrator)

    More civil servants are taking second jobs amid the nationwide labor crunch, with some municipalities giving the green light for side jobs that contribute to society.


  • 09 Jan 2020 19:32 | JHRS (Administrator)

    TOKYO, Japan – The Japanese government will develop a smartphone app to easily identify forged residence cards for foreigners in an attempt to crack down on violations of visa laws, government officials said.


  • 09 Jan 2020 19:27 | JHRS (Administrator)

    TOKYO -- Many Japanese companies are restricting employees from traveling to the Middle East after Iran attacked Iraqi bases hosting U.S. troops in retaliation for the killing of a top military commander.


  • 08 Jan 2020 19:29 | JHRS (Administrator)

    The labor ministry plans to urge companies from April 2021 to ensure jobs are available for workers until the age of 70, it was learned Wednesday. The plans were included in the summary of a bill to revise the law on stabilizing employment for the elderly that was submitted by the ministry to a Labor Policy Council subcommittee the same day. The ministry aims to submit the bill to an ordinary session of the Diet slated to be convened on Jan. 20.


  • 06 Jan 2020 19:28 | JHRS (Administrator)

    The government has been actively promoting telecommuting, touting its many merits from easing traffic congestion and enhancing disaster preparedness to helping recruit and retain talent amid Japan’s chronic labor shortage.


  • 24 Dec 2019 19:25 | JHRS (Administrator)

    TOKYO -- Japan faces the prospect of falling behind other countries in the race to foster high-tech businesses unless domestic companies offer competitive pay and revamp outdated employment practices, the nation's most influential business lobby warned on Monday.

  • 12 Dec 2019 16:08 | JHRS (Administrator)

    TOKYO -- Japan first started actively accepting nurses from other countries more than 11 years ago, when the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with Indonesia went into effect in July 2008. 


  • 01 Dec 2019 16:18 | JHRS (Administrator)

    Young Japanese are increasingly joining the forestry industry thanks to a government program and labor-saving improvements made possible by the expanding use of machines. Many also see the sector as an opportunity to escape urban life.


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