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  • 14 Sep 2023 21:21 | JHRS (Administrator)

    Workers at a major Tokyo department store went on strike on Thursday after talks with management over the planned sale of their company broke down, marking the first major walk-out the country has seen in decades.

    Some 900 workers at the flagship Seibu store in the bustling district of Ikebukuro are protesting the sale of Sogo & Seibu, a unit of retail giant Seven & i, to U.S. fund Fortress Investment Group.


  • 14 Sep 2023 21:19 | JHRS (Administrator)

    Aiming to tackle a severe shortage of taxi, bus and truck drivers, Japan is planning to expand the existing visa framework for specified skilled workers in order to attract foreign nationals in the transport and logistics industries.

    With both industries especially struggling to recruit new workers as existing drivers grow older, the manpower situation is expected to continue deteriorating in the coming years.


  • 11 Sep 2023 09:44 | JHRS (Administrator)

    Japanese women are missing out on around ¥111 trillion ($761 billion) in pay for a range of household tasks they do for free, an amount that’s roughly equivalent to a fifth of the country’s economy.


  • 11 Sep 2023 09:42 | JHRS (Administrator)

    Bonuses at major Japanese companies this summer averaged ¥845,557, up 1.59% from a year before and hitting the second-highest level on record, the labor ministry has announced.

    The average was slightly higher than the ¥845,453 in 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic, and trailed only the ¥870,731 in 2018, the ministry said Friday.


  • 30 Aug 2023 05:14 | JHRS (Administrator)

    The latest employment figures show that Japan's job market worsened in July as employers struggled with higher prices.

    The labor ministry says there were 129 job openings for every 100 applicants last month. That's down from 130 in June, marking the third straight month of declines.


  • 23 Aug 2023 17:53 | JHRS (Administrator)

    The number of visitors to Japan in the first half of this year recovered to over 60% of pre-pandemic levels, highlighting progress in the nation's road to becoming a tourism-oriented country once again. Still, the country faces many challenges, including serious labor shortages in the hotel industry.


  • 22 Aug 2023 01:18 | JHRS (Administrator)

    Tokyo- Over 50 percent of those aged 60 through 74 years old in Japan over recent years have remained unemployed despite wishing to be in work, a recent survey by a human resources company has found, even as the country faces a labor shortage.

    It also found that around two-thirds of the companies polled are not eager to hire senior people as full-time employees, although many of them said there was no particular reason for their stance, according to Recruit Co.


  • 22 Aug 2023 00:28 | JHRS (Administrator)

    Illegal practices were uncovered at 7,247 workplaces in Japan that employed foreign trainees last year, the government said recently, apparently substantiating criticism of companies participating in the controversial, decades-old program over alleged human rights infringements.


  • 16 Aug 2023 04:03 | JHRS (Administrator)

    Japan's labor ministry says it has found that more than 7,200 business establishments violated laws last year regarding their foreign technical trainees.

    Japan has a system designed to enable trainees from developing countries to learn skills, technologies, and expertise while working in the country. As of last December, Japan had about 325,000 such trainees.


  • 16 Aug 2023 02:29 | JHRS (Administrator)

    In Japan, an aging population has created a massive labor crunch in the country. Japan Inc., though, has found a solution in the problem itself: Hire older workers.

    Last year, four in 10 companies hired people aged 70 or more, Nikkei reported, citing the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.


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