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Japan gov’t may require companies to release gender wage gap as early as 2023

TOKYO — The Japanese government has begun considering requiring companies to disclose wage levels by gender in order to “visualize” the wage gap between men and women. The move is expected to be implemented as early as next year to encourage companies to make efforts to correct the disparity.   The government plans to require information to be disclosed in….Read more

  • March 24, 2022
  • , The Mainichi
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Infographic: Wage gap between men and women, by age group (2020)

  • March 23, 2022
  • , Mainichi , p. 6
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ECONOMY > Economic Indicators

Japan’s long-term joblessness spikes to post-Lehman high

YOHEI MATSUO, Nikkei staff writer   TOKYO — The coronavirus pandemic has dealt a heavy blow to Japan’s labor market, with people without a job for at least a year surging to the highest levels since the global financial crisis triggered by the collapse of Lehman Brothers more than a decade ago.   Long-term unemployment reached 640,000 in the October-December term….Read more

  • March 15, 2022
  • , Nikkei Asia , 5:22 a.m.
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ECONOMY > Labor

Japan’s midcareer job seekers flock to startups

KENJIRO SUZUKI and NARUSHI NAKAI, Nikkei staff writers   TOKYO — The midcareer job market in Japan is changing fast, with an increasing number of workers trading secure jobs at large companies for new opportunities at startups.   Ambi, a job placement website run by En Japan, shows that the number of workers moving to startups from well-established businesses rose….Read more

  • March 13, 2022
  • , Nikkei Asia , 7:00 p.m.
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Why Japan’s wages aren’t rising

BY KAZUAKI NAGATA, STAFF WRITER   A mystery is swirling around the world’s third-largest economy: Why haven’t wages increased in Japan over the last two decades as they have elsewhere?   Since Prime Minister Fumio Kishida took office, he has made it clear that raising wages is one of the top priorities for his economic agenda and a crucial component….Read more

  • February 9, 2022
  • , The Japan Times
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Human rights and Japan’s technical intern trainee framework

By Kurisu Yuki, Kumamoto Bureau   In November 2020, baby twins were found dead in Ashikita Town, Kumamoto Prefecture. In January 2022, the Fukuoka High Court found guilty a Vietnamese technical intern trainee, the mother of the twins, on charges of abandoning the corpses of her newborn babies, as had been found in the first trial.   As a journalist,….Read more

  • February 3, 2022
  • , Mainichi , p. 10
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ECONOMY > Labor

Interview: Keidanren exec urges nonuniform Shunto talks

Tokyo, Feb. 3 (Jiji Press)–Possible pay hikes for this year’s “shunto” labor-management negotiations in Japan should be decided by each company, instead of in a uniform way by the industry, Tetsuji Ohashi, vice chairman of the Japan Business Federation (Keidanren), the country’s biggest group of employers, has said in an interview.     Ohashi noted that Japan is experiencing inflation for….Read more

  • February 4, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 10:30 a.m.
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ECONOMY > Labor

Interview: Rengo chief sees pay hikes as key to economic recovery

Tokyo, Feb. 4 (Jiji Press)–Wage increases hold the key to the economic recovery, Tomoko Yoshino, president of the Japanese Trade Union Confederation, or Rengo, has said in a recent interview.     Japanese companies “should shift to future-oriented pay hikes as a way to actively invest in human resources all the more because we now have concerns amid the novel coronavirus….Read more

  • February 4, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 10:30 a.m.
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ECONOMY > Labor

Focus: 2022 Shunto sees gaps in mood for pay hikes

Tokyo, Jan. 26 (Jiji Press)–Hopes are growing for pay hikes at this year’s “shunto” annual labor-management negotiations in Japan at a time when a barrage of price hikes for such products as gasoline and foods are putting burdens on households.     However, earnings gaps among companies are overshadowing the outlook amid the lingering coronavirus pandemic.     The focus of this….Read more

  • January 26, 2022
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INTERNATIONAL > East Asia & Pacific

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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