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  • 01 Jun 2024 16:44 | JHRS (Administrator)

    Japan's job availability ratio in April fell 0.02 point from the previous month to 1.26, marking the first drop in two months, as high material prices weighed on recruitment in the manufacturing sector, government data showed Friday.

    Separate data showed the country's unemployment rate stood at 2.6 percent in the reporting month, unchanged from March.


  • 01 Jun 2024 16:40 | JHRS (Administrator)

    Japanese companies are increasingly seeking to hire graduates of a top Indian science university amid a severe shortage of IT workers.

    Representatives from about 100 Japanese firms attended a seminar in Tokyo on Monday for advice on recruiting students from the Indian Institute of Technology.


  • 01 Jun 2024 16:36 | JHRS (Administrator)

    The OECD said Thursday that it is problematic that foreign technical trainees often bear heavy debts to pay fees to the organizations that send them to Japan.

    The position was included in an overview of the OECD's first review on Japan's foreign labor policy, conducted over the three years from 2021 with the labor ministry's National Institute of Population and Social Security Research.


  • 01 Jun 2024 16:18 | JHRS (Administrator)

    TOKYO - Some 40 percent of highly skilled foreign workers choose to remain in Japan, a report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development showed Thursday, with the relatively high rate benefitting the Asian nation struggling with a labor shortage.

    In its first review of Japan's labor migration policy, the OECD also highlighted controversial aspects of the country's foreign technical intern program, which the government plans to revamp amid criticism that the program has provided cover for companies seeking to import cheap labor from Asia and fostered conditions conducive to human rights violations.


  • 16 May 2024 11:57 | JHRS (Administrator)

    The number of foreign workers in Japan increased nearly threefold in a decade to 2.05 million in 2023, according to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare. Although companies have been relying on foreign labor for years, the recent surge has increased the need for foreign supervisors.

    Japan needs 6.74 million foreign workers to achieve the government's growth goals for 2040, according to the Japan International Cooperation Agency. This will require not only attracting more foreign talent, but retaining it as well.


  • 16 May 2024 10:35 | JHRS (Administrator)

    Over 80,000 foreign nationals work part-time in Japan's three TOKYO- major convenience store chains, data collected by Kyodo News showed Wednesday, in a trend likely to continue amid labor shortages from an aging population.

    Foreign workers now represent around 10 percent of the part-time labor force across branches of Seven-Eleven Japan Co., Lawson Inc. and FamilyMart Co. convenience stores, according to the data.


  • 16 May 2024 09:04 | JHRS (Administrator)

    Wage hikes are spreading among small companies in Japan, which account for about 70% of the country's employment, on the back of labor shortages and price increases, according to a government white paper.

    At the same time, the 2024 White Paper on Small and Medium Enterprises in Japan said that such firms need to step up moves to pass on higher costs via pricing and secure sufficient funds to boost wages in order to achieve sustainable wage growth.


  • 16 May 2024 09:01 | JHRS (Administrator)

    TOKYO -- An interim report on spring labor talks in Japan was announced here on May 9 by a group seeking significant wage raises for low-paid, nonregular workers who were largely left out of negotiations that have seen wide-ranging pay increases for permanent staff.


  • 01 May 2024 04:07 | JHRS (Administrator)

    Healthcare, distribution, hospitality, agriculture: In Japan, no economic sector is spared by an increasingly blatant labor shortage. The problem is so acute that it sometimes has tragic consequences. How can the Noto peninsula, where the January 1 earthquake destroyed more than 60,600 houses and buildings, be rebuilt quickly when the number of construction workers has fallen by 30% compared to the 1997 high? And at what price? The cost of the Osaka World Expo in 2025 has already doubled due to inflation in raw material prices and a shortage of manpower.


  • 01 May 2024 04:06 | JHRS (Administrator)

    Japan's aviation industry is intensifying efforts to showcase the appeal of airport ground handling roles, vital for providing ground support services at airports including aircraft guidance.


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