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Japan woos 50,000 skilled Asian professionals in talent war

SATSUKI KANEKO, Nikkei staff writer   TOKYO — Japanese employers will offer job opportunities to 50,000 highly skilled Asian professionals in digital technology and other in-demand fields under a government initiative announced Monday.   Competition for talent is only heating up across the continent, particularly in the fast-growing members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. The Asia-Japan Investing for….Read more

  • January 11, 2022
  • , Nikkei Asia , 5:44 a.m.
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SOCIETY

More than 30% of dads now choose to take parental leave

Time was when working males in Japan rarely, if ever, took parental leave so as not to impose a burden on their colleagues while they were absent. But that has changed radically in recent years with changing lifestyles taking root.   This was amply illustrated in a recent Asahi Shimbun survey that found the ratio of eligible male workers who took….Read more

  • January 8, 2022
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 7:30 a.m.
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SOCIETY

Japan misses foreign talent as companies seek strong linguists

By EUGENE LANG, Nikkei staff writer   TOKYO — Many Japanese companies are missing out on opportunities to employ highly qualified foreign nationals with valuable skills because of their insistence that recruits have advanced Japanese language skills.   According to a survey of data from two job placement services in Japan, more than 70% of specialist positions open to foreigners require full fluency….Read more

  • January 3, 2022
  • , Nikkei Asia , 12:00 noon
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ECONOMY

Major companies adopt pro-LGBT policies but still a long road ahead, Asahi survey of 100 leading companies

By Shimpei Doi, Staff Writer   A survey asking 100 major Japanese companies about actions they have taken to protect the rights of sexual minorities found more than 80 percent have introduced or plan to introduce written company polices prohibiting discriminating against them.   But while large companies are taking the lead in these initiatives, the poll also revealed how….Read more

  • December 28, 2021
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 7:00 p.m.
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SECURITY

Zenchuro protests harassment/unpaid wages at Camp Zama

By Yamaguchi Joichi   On the morning of December 22, members of the Kanagawa Headquarters of the All Japan Garrison Forces Labor Union (Zenchuro) gathered at the front gate of U.S. Army Camp Zama (Zama City and Minami Ward of Sagamihara City) and elsewhere to protest various labor issues at the base. At Camp Zama as well as at the….Read more

  • December 23, 2021
  • , Kanagawa Shimbun , p. 22
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ECONOMY

Employees reporting power harassment increased from five years ago: Keidanren survey

On Dec. 7, the Japan Business Federation (Keidanren) released the results of its survey of member corporations. According to the poll, 44% of respondents said that the number of employees seeking advice on power harassment issues has increased from five years ago, greatly exceeding the number of respondents who reported a decline (16.3%). This is likely due to the enforcement….Read more

  • December 8, 2021
  • , Yomiuri , p. 31
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ECONOMY > Labor

Keidanren to urge firms to raise wages to achieve new capitalism

Tokyo, Dec. 1 (Jiji Press)–The Japan Business Federation, or Keidanren, plans to call on member companies with solid earnings to raise wages to help initiate a “new form of capitalism,” a key policy platform of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, informed sources said.     The policy is shown in Keidanren’s management-side draft guidelines for next year’s “shunto” spring wage talks.     The draft….Read more

  • December 1, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 12:23 p.m.
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ECONOMY > Labor

Japan’s shrinking labor pool sharpens quest for productivity

TOKYO — Japan’s working-age population sank to just over 75 million last year, down 13.9% from the 1995 peak, underscoring an urgent need for productivity growth to keep the economy expanding as the labor pool dwindles.   The country had fewer people ages 15-64 last year than in 1975, according to twice-a-decade census data released Friday. This group made up less….Read more

  • December 1, 2021
  • , Nikkei Asia , 5:10 a.m.
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ECONOMY

Infographic: Trends in working-age population, 1920 – 2020

  • December 1, 2021
  • , Nikkei , Lead story
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ECONOMY > Labor

Wage hikes gain momentum in Japan, from factories to pubs

TOKYO — More Japanese companies are offering higher pay as industries from auto manufacturing to restaurants scramble for workers in an economy that is trying to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.   Even before the pandemic, Toyota Motor had struggled to find temporary workers willing to work late-night shifts. Now, Japan’s top car company has decided to double its sign-on….Read more

  • November 26, 2021
  • , Nikkei Asia , 3:58 a.m,
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