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  • 07 May 2021 16:57 | JHRS (Administrator)

    The pandemic continued to take its toll on Japanese workers' wages in March, with part-timers suffering a bigger impact. The labor ministry released preliminary figures on Friday. They show that the average income for full-time employees for the month fell 0.3 percent from a year earlier to 365,804 yen. That's about 3,350 dollars.


  • 07 May 2021 16:55 | JHRS (Administrator)
     TOKYO -- "Remaining completely silent in online meetings" has come out on top in a Tokyo company's poll on the most bothersome behavior in remote working environments -- perhaps a warning to some engaging in online meetings as more companies introduce teleworking systems amid the spread of the coronavirus.


  • 30 Apr 2021 17:00 | JHRS (Administrator)

    The government will extend until the end of June its employment adjustment subsidy program for companies in areas covered by the emergency that put staff on paid leave amid the pandemic. It was set to end on Friday.


  • 24 Apr 2021 17:03 | JHRS (Administrator)

    Many companies in Japan have introduced remote working since the coronavirus reached the country's shores early last year, but those regularly working from home and elsewhere has been limited mainly to office staff.


  • 22 Apr 2021 14:34 | JHRS (Administrator)

    The labor ministry on Monday proposed reforms that would create a system within the current fiscal year to allow companies to pay salaries in digital money, a further step in government efforts to introduce digital payrolls and promote a cashless society.


  • 19 Apr 2021 14:27 | JHRS (Administrator)

    Some 22% of major companies in Japan are planning to cut new hires for the business year starting next April compared to the current year, a Kyodo News survey showed Sunday. The findings indicate that many firms remain cautious about the outlook amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • 19 Apr 2021 14:24 | JHRS (Administrator)

    This comes as the country starts its fiscal year when negotiations about minimum wages are discussed. Japan’s financial year is from 1 April to 31 March.


  • 08 Apr 2021 14:37 | JHRS (Administrator)

    After posting up to around 10,000 dismissals and terminations each month through August 2020, dismissals and contract terminations somewhat decreased to about 5,000 to 6,000 per month in autumn and later. But the figure rebounded above 9,000 in March this year, the final month of fiscal 2020.


  • 06 Apr 2021 15:42 | JHRS (Administrator)

    Major Japanese airlines, struggling with weak passenger traffic amid the coronavirus pandemic, have started seconding more employees to other companies and organizations. Beginning in April, Japan Airlines increased the number of seconded employees to about 1,400 per day from 1,000.


  • 30 Mar 2021 14:40 | JHRS (Administrator)

    The unemployment rate has been on the rise, from an average of 2.4% in 2019 to 2.8% in 2020, though the increase has been cushioned by the government’s paycheck protection program, under which businesses that keep workers on the payroll receive subsidies.


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