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  • 17 Jul 2021 17:57 | JHRS (Administrator)

    The proportion of people in Japan who are working fully remotely fell from the rate in April, a survey by the Japan Productivity Center has shown, as a trend of “telework fatigue” appears to be emerging. More people are finding efficiency to be an issue with telework and satisfaction has also deteriorated even as the government calls for people to work mainly from home under the latest COVID-19 state of emergency, the center said Friday.


  • 04 Jul 2021 16:56 | JHRS (Administrator)

    Women held just 5.9 percent of director-level jobs in the Japanese government's offices in Tokyo in fiscal 2020, underscoring the country's slow progress in closing the gender gap in the workplace. The Cabinet Office released data Thursday showing the share of such positions held by female public servants only rose 0.6 percentage points from the previous year, falling short of the government's target of 7 percent.


  • 29 Jun 2021 16:46 | JHRS (Administrator)

    Japan's unemployment rate worsened to 3.0% in May, hitting the highest level in five months, as a government-declared state of emergency over the COVID-19 pandemic was extended to more of the country, official data showed Tuesday.


  • 25 Jun 2021 19:01 | JHRS (Administrator)

    TOKYO (AP) — Thousands of Japanese companies began distributing COVID-19 vaccines to workers and their families Monday in an employer-led drive reaching more than 13 million people that aims to rev up the nation’s slow vaccine rollout.


  • 15 Jun 2021 17:57 | JHRS (Administrator)

    While the elderly and people with pre-existing conditions remain the priority, the Japanese government plans to provide coronavirus vaccinations at workplaces and university campuses from June 21 to speed up the national rollout. It started accepting applications from potential hosts on June 8.


  • 15 Jun 2021 17:35 | JHRS (Administrator)

    The global employment shortfall from the pandemic is predicted by the International Labour Organization to be 75 million this year. Nor does it expect the gap to be closed in 2022, when it reckons the world will still be 23 million jobs short of its pre-COVID-19 path even as economies rebound.


  • 12 Jun 2021 17:47 | JHRS (Administrator)

    A growing number of companies are moving to trim their workforces as the coronavirus pandemic drags on. The situation will get worse if the pandemic continues to strip businesses of their strength, even though consumption is likely to recover as the vaccination rollout progresses.


  • 12 Jun 2021 17:42 | JHRS (Administrator)

    The government released its Annual Report on the Aging Society on Friday, with results indicating Japanese people age 60 or older may be feeling more lonely than their counterparts in three other surveyed countries — the United States, Germany and Sweden — as the pandemic takes away opportunities to socialize.


  • 09 Jun 2021 17:56 | JHRS (Administrator)

    Japan’s COVID-19 vaccination efforts received another boost Tuesday as major companies and universities filed for permission to vaccinate employees, staff and students at more than 400 workplaces and campuses, possibly starting later this month.


  • 03 Jun 2021 17:01 | JHRS (Administrator)

    The central government will subsidize ¥2,070 for each vaccine dose administered by large companies with over 1,000 employees, said Taro Kono, the minister in charge of the country's vaccine rollout, on Wednesday during a virtual meeting with the National Governors’ Association. Large companies should begin administering shots before they receive compensation, Kono added.


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