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  • 03 Oct 2022 20:56 | JHRS (Administrator)

    The average annual wage of female private-sector workers in Japan in 2021 exceeded 3 million yen (US$20,720) for the first time ever, according to a recent National Tax Agency survey. However, the gender wage gap remained large, with last year’s average wage for women, at 3.02 million yen (US$20,858), about 45% less than that for men.   


  • 03 Oct 2022 20:53 | JHRS (Administrator)

    A total of 2,880 small and medium-sized companies took part in the survey conducted by the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, or JCCI, in July and August. Nearly 65 percent said they did not have enough workers. That came close to the record high of 66.4 percent in 2019. The survey started in 2016.


  • 03 Oct 2022 20:51 | JHRS (Administrator)

    OITA -- A vocational skills competition for people with disabilities was held here on Oct. 1, with some 60 people from within Oita Prefecture taking part to show off skills acquired through day-to-day work.


  • 20 Sep 2022 20:59 | JHRS (Administrator)

    Remote working has become much more prevalent in Japan due to the coronavirus pandemic, and ways of working not tied to a specific location are gaining ground. This signals a major transformation of the conventional terms of employment in Japan, as even major firms take a hard look at systems allowing workers to live well outside of commuting distance from their office.


  • 19 Sep 2022 23:23 | JHRS (Administrator)

    Nearly 20 million Japanese people are aged over 75 and account for a 15 per cent of the population while fewer babies are being born than ever before, according to official figures.


  • 19 Sep 2022 23:21 | JHRS (Administrator)

    The planned new law will seek to improve the conditions of transactions in which freelancers are involved by requiring companies or organisations that assign work to freelancers to make appropriate payments, for example.


  • 16 Sep 2022 23:32 | JHRS (Administrator)

    Employers polled say they’re prepared to offer flexible scheduling, with 60% saying they would offer hybrid options to employees disinclined to return to in-person work. 


  • 05 Sep 2022 23:31 | JHRS (Administrator)

    Tighter border controls amid the pandemic have kept much-needed technical interns and specified skilled workers from entering the country. With restrictions now easing, can the government lure them back?


  • 30 Aug 2022 13:54 | JHRS (Administrator)

    In the coming months, the government is expected to review the program, which has been in place for about three decades. It allows foreign nationals to work at Japanese companies as trainees for up to five years and transfer the technical expertise and skills acquired during their stay.


  • 30 Aug 2022 13:47 | JHRS (Administrator)

    The latest data from Japan's government shows companies are having a difficult time hiring workers. The ratio of job openings to seekers has increased for a 7th straight month. The labor ministry says the figure in July ticked up to 1.29. This means there were 129 job openings for every 100 applicants. The ratio was greater than 1 in all prefectures for the first time in over 2 years.


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