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Japan’s job market keeps foreigners stuck in temporary work for years

EUGENE LANG, Nikkei staff writer   TOKYO — Kyo, a 32-year-old Taiwanese woman, had lived in Tokyo for over six years before landing a permanent job at a clothing store. The job was not easy to come by, despite her graduating from a university in Taiwan and spending a year in Tokyo learning Japanese.   Kyo, who wanted to be identified….Read more

  • June 9, 2022
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Editorial: Improving the lives of workers is primary responsibility of labor unions

Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, labor unions play a major role in improving the terms and conditions of workers. As a national center of trade unions, the Japanese Trade Union Confederation (Rengo) should make steady efforts to stabilize employment and the livelihoods of employees.   Rengo held a general rally ahead of next month’s House of Councillors election and reaffirmed….Read more

  • June 2, 2022
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SOCIETY

Japan gov’t bans intermediary body from introducing foreign trainees

TOKYO — The Japanese government on Tuesday revoked the permit of an intermediate organization that introduces foreign trainees to host companies after it failed to prevent the physical abuse of a Vietnamese man by his Japanese co-workers at a construction firm.   The organization, Okayama Sangyo Gijutsu Kyodo Kumiai in Okayama Prefecture, western Japan, was prohibited from introducing foreign trainees to companies for five years….Read more

  • May 31, 2022
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Toyota and partners launch hotline to protect foreign workers

By EUGENE LANG, Nikkei staff writer   TOKYO — An agency designed to address workplace grievances and provide general assistance for foreign workers began operating Monday under a joint initiative by eight Japanese companies including Toyota Motor and Seven & i Holdings.   Employees of participating companies and their business partners can now seek assistance on work, personal and health-related issues through instant….Read more

  • May 24, 2022
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Japan’s main labor group is drawing closer to the LDP. Some say too close.

By Eric Johnson   The Japanese Trade Union Confederation — better known as Rengo — has a long history of backing opposition parties. So in April, as the country began to prepare for the summer Upper House election, it came as a shock to many observers when the head of Rengo, Tomoko Yoshino, attended a meeting with the ruling Liberal Democratic….Read more

  • May 13, 2022
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Why Japanese workers remain dissatisfied with their jobs

By TAKAYUKI INOUE, Nikkei staff writer   OSAKA — Ayako Koizumi recently sent a message to her colleagues in the product development section at Japan Tobacco to thank them for the preparation of a training program for new employees.   Last year, the section introduced a program to exchange thank-you messages between its members.   Companies adopting programs to improve….Read more

  • May 12, 2022
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ECONOMY

Editorial: Carefully examine specified skilled worker system as 3 years have passed

Three years have passed since the specified skilled worker program was introduced to increase the acceptance of foreign workers. The government should carefully examine the issues related to the program and consider whether to expand its scope.   The Immigration Services Agency has granted Category II residence status, for which workers with a relatively high skill level are eligible, to….Read more

  • May 9, 2022
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Residence status established in 2019 to attract foreign workers to be issued for 1st time

A Chinese man in Gifu Prefecture is set to become the first recipient of a residence status established to expand the acceptance of foreign workers, according to sources.   The Category II “specified skilled worker” status was established in April 2019 for foreign nationals with skills in construction, shipbuilding and ship machinery engineering.   Weng Fei, the Chinese man who….Read more

  • April 14, 2022
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Japan enjoys bigger pay hike in 2022 “Shunto” talks

  Tokyo, April 5 (Jiji Press)–Labor unions have won a bigger monthly pay increase than the previous year in their 2022 “shunto” negotiations with the management, the Japanese Trade Union Confederation, or Rengo, said Tuesday.   The average hike, including rises in pay scales and regular wages, stood at 2.11 pct, or 6,319 yen, up from 1.82 pct, or 5,463….Read more

  • April 5, 2022
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Salaries for women in Japan hit record high in 2021

Tokyo, March 25 (Jiji Press)–The average monthly salary of full-time female employees in Japan came to 253,600 yen in 2021, hitting the highest level since comparable data became available in 1976, a labor ministry survey showed Friday.   The average pay for women, excluding overtime and other extra compensation, grew 0.7 pct from the preceding year, up for the eighth….Read more

  • March 25, 2022
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