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  • 11 Sep 2021 15:32 | JHRS (Administrator)

    The survey by Tokyo Shoko Research appears to show that more employers are deciding it’s better to shift their labor force to nonfixed-term regular workers, given that it would be more costly for them to employ fixed-term, nonregular staff who are paid by the hour.


  • 10 Sep 2021 19:15 | JHRS (Administrator)

    TOKYO -- A public and private group in Tokyo will trial a smartphone app that allows foreign blue-collar workers to file complaints and report problems. The app will recognize any issues, including those related to visas, working conditions, housing and taxation.]


  • 28 Aug 2021 15:28 | JHRS (Administrator)

    Many companies in Japan are being careful not to push employees to get COVID-19 vaccines, fearing that it would put those not wanting to be vaccinated at a disadvantage, while some firms are giving out stickers or tags to vaccinated employees.


  • 26 Aug 2021 18:06 | JHRS (Administrator)

    Probes by Japanese authorities into overwork complaints at 24,042 workplaces revealed that 37% of these companies had employees working 45 hours a month or more in overtime, the country's Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare reported last Friday.


  • 24 Aug 2021 18:03 | JHRS (Administrator)

    The Japanese labour market has undergone significant change since the early 2010s when the baby boomer generation began to retire, expanding opportunities for women, the elderly and other groups. But COVID-19’s economic impact is challenging the gains of the past decade. The employment rate has reversed its upward trend, declining along with salaries and hours worked, while unemployment rose from 2.4 per cent in 2019 to 2.9 per cent in June 2020.


  • 21 Aug 2021 18:05 | JHRS (Administrator)

    In June 2021, Japan’s Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy promoted plans for an optional four-day workweek in its annual economic policy guideline. While the policy creates substantial employment benefits for Japan’s aging workforce, the announcement has divided Japanese workers.


  • 10 Aug 2021 18:29 | JHRS (Administrator)

    The National Personnel Authority said that five days of paid leave per year will be introduced for government workers to allow them to receive fertility treatment while working. Another five days will be given for treatment requiring patients to see a doctor frequently, including in vitro fertilization.


  • 01 Aug 2021 18:26 | JHRS (Administrator)

    TOKYO -- With the protracted pandemic forcing businesses to embrace telecommuting and other flexible arrangements, more Japanese employers are scrapping geographical requirements for workers, particularly in hotly competitive fields like engineering and online sales.


  • 30 Jul 2021 18:20 | JHRS (Administrator)

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan's unemployment rate fell to 2.9 percent in June, reflecting a pickup in hiring at restaurants and retailers hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic as the state of emergency was lifted in some areas, government data showed Friday.


  • 27 Jul 2021 18:22 | JHRS (Administrator)

    Tokyo, July 27 (Jiji Press)--The cumulative amount of employment adjustment subsidies provided or set to be provided by the Japanese government to help businesses fight the COVID-19 pandemic has exceeded 4 trillion yen, according to the labor ministry.


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