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  • 31 Mar 2023 03:11 | JHRS (Administrator)

    Japan may face a shortage of more than 11 million workers by 2040, a study has found, underscoring the economic challenges the nation faces as its population ages rapidly.

    The working age population is expected to rapidly decline from 2027, according to the study by independent think tank Recruit Works Institute, published Tuesday. The worker supply is expected to shrink by about 12% in 2040 from 2022, even as labor demand remains steady, the report said.

  • 27 Mar 2023 04:22 | JHRS (Administrator)

    Japanese authorities have widely promoted the term in the past decade to combat the country’s notoriously long working hours that have not only deprived workaholic fathers of family time and stay-home mothers of careers, but have helped drive the birth rate to one of the lowest in the world.

    To seize the “last chance to reverse” the situation, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida last week unveiled a raft of policies, including boosts to child support and a pledge to lift the number of male workers taking paternity leave from the current 14 percent to 50 percent by 2025, and 85 percent by 2030.


  • 27 Mar 2023 04:17 | JHRS (Administrator)

    TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Over 30% of major Japanese firms plan to hire more new graduates in spring 2024 than this spring, a Jiji Press survey showed Thursday.

    Competition for human resources is intensifying amid a recovery in economic activity from the COVID-19 crisis, while concerns about the country’s declining population and shortages of information technology personnel are growing.


  • 27 Mar 2023 04:15 | JHRS (Administrator)

    Part-time employment has been increasing in Japan over the last quarter century, a trend hindering strong growth in wages and prompting calls for legislative action to improve the treatment of those workers.

    The country had 21.01 million non-regular workers in 2022, up roughly 260,000 from a year earlier, according to the government's labor force survey, with regular employees increasing just 10,000 to 35.88 million.


  • 13 Mar 2023 02:21 | JHRS (Administrator)

    Despite the government’s efforts to push for higher pay, real wages for employees has continued to fall because of inflation.

    Inflation is continuing to outpace wage gains in Japan, with real cash earnings for employees falling by 4.1% from January 2022, marking a 10th consecutive month of decline, reported Japan’s Labour Ministry.


  • 10 Mar 2023 20:15 | JHRS (Administrator)

    Japan's tourism industry is struggling with a shortage of workers as demand for travel surges in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government organized an emergency job fair in a bid to help companies affected.

    More than 30 businesses, including bus companies and hotel operators, sent recruiters to the fair on Wednesday.


  • 05 Mar 2023 22:59 | JHRS (Administrator)

    Japan's job availability ratio fell in January for the first time in over two years, as more people sought jobs with better working conditions amid an economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, government data showed Friday.

    The job-to-applicant ratio dropped 0.01 point from the previous month to 1.35, marking the first decline since August 2020, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said. The ratio means there were 135 job openings for every 100 job seekers.


  • 03 Mar 2023 01:19 | JHRS (Administrator)

    Japanese companies kicked off job seminars Wednesday for university students graduating in spring 2024. The annual job-hunting season arrives amid labor shortages that reflect the normalization of economic activities after a slump caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

    About 520 companies are set to take part in one three-day seminar through Friday at the Tokyo Big Sight convention center, which is expected to attract around 12,000 students.


  • 27 Feb 2023 23:57 | JHRS (Administrator)

    Japan is eager to attract more highly skilled foreign workers, with the government having announced new visa pathways earlier this month. But recruitment companies say the latest move is unlikely to make much of a difference for such foreign workers amid a competitive global job market.


  • 26 Feb 2023 19:02 | JHRS (Administrator)

    The number of dairy farmers in Japan declined 6.5% to 11,202 in December from a year before, the Japan Dairy Council said Friday.

    The drop came amid the surging cost of feed, which is making life even harder for farmers weighed down by weak demand and a lack of successors to take over their farms. Feed accounts for half of dairy farmers’ production costs.


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