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  • 30 Jan 2023 15:43 | JHRS (Administrator)

    The government plans to speed up efforts to put together a legal framework to improve safeguards for freelancers, who work with no long-term affiliation to one organization or company.


  • 18 Jan 2023 18:16 | JHRS (Administrator)

    Japan will raise the legally required employment rate for disabled people at companies to 2.5 pct in April 2024 from 2.3 pct at present and to 2.7 pct in July 2026, the labor ministry said Wednesday. Companies and other institutions in the country are required to keep the proportion of workers with disabilities among all employees above a certain rate, which is reviewed every five years.


  • 17 Jan 2023 12:24 | JHRS (Administrator)

    The number of Indonesian technical trainees in Japan is rising as the recent slide of the yen against the U.S. dollar and other currencies has discouraged trainees from some other countries to come to Japan.


  • 14 Jan 2023 19:16 | JHRS (Administrator)

    Japan's labor ministry has decided to raise the statutory employment rate of people with disabilities from 2.3% to 2.7% -- the largest increase since the current system was introduced. The proposal will be presented to the Jan. 18 subcommittee meeting of the Labor Policy Council -- an advisory body to the labor minister.


  • 11 Jan 2023 19:37 | JHRS (Administrator)

    The government is considering creating a new child-rearing allowance for nonregular workers, self-employed workers and freelancers, in a bid to address the country's chronically low birthrate.  The envisioned allowance is aimed at reducing economic burdens on workers not covered by the country's child care leave system.


  • 10 Jan 2023 09:18 | JHRS (Administrator)

    Japan will in April set up a tax incentive for companies that bring on more employees with doctoral degrees, aiming to encourage advanced research and help make businesses more competitive.


  • 10 Jan 2023 06:02 | JHRS (Administrator)

    Japanese firms have been using proxy agencies to employ people with disabilities, hiring them to work for unrelated farming projects in a move seen as a way to fulfill official disability quotas, according to a welfare ministry probe and a Kyodo News investigation.


  • 09 Jan 2023 06:04 | JHRS (Administrator)

    A plan first introduced by a remote island town to court urban young people and offer them multiple jobs depending on the season is under the spotlight in Japan as a way to resolve worker shortages in rural areas.


  • 03 Jan 2023 15:53 | JHRS (Administrator)

    Foreign trainees in Japan’s technical intern program come to this nation after paying huge fees to mediation agencies in their home countries, but the actual cost is not clear and some of the fees are suspected to have gone to the Japanese side as kickbacks.


  • 02 Jan 2023 06:00 | JHRS (Administrator)

    Telework as a concept goes back to the 1970s. The history of work had come, it seemed, full circle – beginning in remote times at home, shifting after long ages to factories, from there to offices, now back home.


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