Japan Employment News

  • 08
  • Nov'20

Record numbers of female students, but is it enough?

The proportion of female students enrolled in Japan’s universities is getting closer to half the student body, with around 1.91 million of the total four-year university enrolments recorded in the 2019 academic year being women, or 45.5% – the highest share on record in Japan, according to a recent government survey...... Read More

  • 08
  • Nov'20

Pandemic boosts automation and robotics

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  • 08
  • Nov'20

Hope floats for techies as Japanese firms start hiring

HYDERABAD: With the US placing restrictions on H1B visa holders, techies are looking to work in other countries, Japan being one of them. Software professionals are getting offers from Japanese companies during the pandemic, with many of them willing to even travel to the country once the Covid-19 situation improves.... Read More

  • 05
  • Nov'20

How to Get a Driver’s License in Japan Without Speaking Japanese

I’ll be honest, the thought of driving a car absolutely terrifies me. Since I have chosen to make a rural place like Nagano Prefecture my home, however, life would be a whole lot easier if I had a car. Walking 40 kilometers a week to and from work is getting a bit tiresome, to say the least.... Read More

  • 30
  • Oct'20

Japan to use wind, batteries to meet lofty 2050 carbon goal

INTERNATIONAL - Japan will promote the use of offshore wind generation and battery storage in its new effort to become carbon neutral by 2050, according to a government official, indicating how the nation might change its policies to meet the ambitious goal..... Read More

  • 19
  • Oct'20

Kyoto voted as Best Big City in the world by international travelers, beating out Tokyo

There are plenty of exceptional places to travel in the world, but we’d like to think that Japan is one of the best. Beautiful landscapes, delicious food, friendly people, extensive history, and quirky culture make Japan an ideal travel destination not only for us, but for people across the world. In fact, Japanese cities have been voted as the world’s Best Big Cities by readers of the travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler for the past five years.... Read More

  • 18
  • Oct'20

Terakoya—An Old Japanese Idea Making Waves in the Modern World

Between 1975 and 1979, the communist Khmer Rouge party terrorized the population of Cambodia. Under the brutal dictatorship of the anti-intellectual Pol Pot regime, millions of Cambodians were killed and schools were closed to prevent the formation of an educated population capable of challenging the dictator’s rule..... Read More

  • 16
  • Oct'20

The Making Of Suganomics

With the departure of Shinzo Abe, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, one of the biggest questions facing his successor, Yoshihide Suga, is what to do about Abe’s signature economic-policy plan. To be sure, Suga, who long served as Abe’s chief cabinet secretary, has already pledged to uphold so-called Abenomics – and for good reason. ... Read More

  • 12
  • Oct'20

Lost Your Job Abroad? Here Are 8 Steps To Survive The Crisis

Anand and Lakshmi are a young couple with two children who have to make a very tough decision. They are on a temporary work visa in the US, and Anand has unexpectedly lost his job in the COVID crisis. He has to find another job in six months, or they have to leave the country.... Read More

  • 12
  • Oct'20

Opening A Bank Account In Japan

Opening a bank account in Japan is relatively easy. You will need your Residence Card (Zairyu Card, in Japanese) and your inkan or hanko (personal seal), though a signature may be enough in some banks such as Citibank (now SMBC Trust Bank/Prestia). A small deposit of 1,000 yen is enough to open your account..... Read More

  • 11
  • Oct'20

It is time for Japan to start talking about its immigration policy

After nearly eight years in office, Shinzo Abe, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, resigned for health reasons on Sept. 16. Under his administration, the number of foreign workers in Japan more than doubled to reach 1.6 million even though he repeatedly claimed that admitting such workers was different from an immigration policy, which his government had no intention to pursue. Thus, speaking of an “immigration policy” has become a political taboo in Japan..... Read More

  • 08
  • Oct'20

Local Govt. Initiative Puts Subsidies to Work

Like governments around the world, Japan's is offering one-time cash payouts to individuals and companies in a bid to boost the economy amid the coronavirus pandemic. But a local administration in Tokyo has come up with a stimulus scheme that may have both immediate and lasting impacts.... Read More

  • 02
  • Oct'20

Future-proofing Japan’s labour market recovery

Japan’s labour market faces many challenges in recovering from COVID-19. Government reforms that enable workers to transition into different industries and those that safeguard work–life balance for people working remotely will be critical in any post-COVID-19 recovery..... Read More

  • 30
  • Sep'20

Three lessons the world can learn from the Culture of Japan

When I came across this year’s theme of World Tourism Day “Building Peace, Fostering Knowledge”, the country which came to my mind was Japan which also happens to be one of the top 10 safest countries in the world as per the Global Peace Index Ranking.... Read More

  • 29
  • Sep'20

Cost of living in Japan

Japan has a reputation for having an exorbitantly high cost of living. Nevertheless, it's quite possible to live a good life in Japan without breaking the bank.... Read More

  • 29
  • Sep'20

6 Reasons to Move to Japan

For many Westerners, Japan represents a place full of history, tradition and wisdom; it holds an almost mythical place in the heart of those who love it. It also has one of the fastest-growing and most advanced technology sectors in the world.... Read More

  • 25
  • Sep'20

Japan formula for life satisfection

Stretched out across the seat on the late-night train, fast asleep and far from the sounds of his ringing phone, the man opposite me was oblivious to the hard stares of his neighbouring passengers.... Read More

  • 21
  • Sep'20

Elderly account for record 28.7% of Japan's population

The estimated number of people aged 65 or older in Japan stood at 36.17 million as of Tuesday, accounting for 28.7 percent of the nation’s total population, with both figures hitting record highs, an internal affairs ministry survey showed Sunday..... Read More

  • 16
  • Sep'20

Virus crisis causing staff shortage for Japan census

The internal affairs ministry is expected to face the challenge of ensuring the accuracy of a national census, scheduled to begin Sept. 14, as it struggles to secure enough survey personnel to cover all households due to the novel coronavirus epidemic..... Read More

  • 01
  • Sep'20

Travel industry workers to help farmers

NHK has learned that Japan's national farmers' organization is teaming up with one of the country's largest travel agencies to secure labor for farmers in need of helping hands..... Read More

  • 01
  • Sep'20

Keeping the elderly in the labor market longer

Legislation that has been approved by the Lower House will oblige employers to “make efforts” to secure job opportunities for their employees until they turn 70 if they wish to keep working. A key part of the social security reform pursued by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe,... Read More

  • 31
  • Aug'20

Japan's new skilled worker visa program still far behind goal

A new work permit introduced by Japan for overseas workers to help alleviate chronic labor shortages in certain industries has made an unexpectedly poor start, with only 3,987 of them obtaining the “specific skills visa” in the first year of the program, or less than 10 percent of the government’s target..... Read More

  • 30
  • Aug'20

THERE ARE NOW 1,000 VEGAN RESTAURANTS IN JAPAN

The number of Japan’s vegan restaurants has increased from 400 to approximately 1,000 over the past two years, according to Frembassy, a Tokyo-based website startup that allows people to search for restaurants that accommodate specific dietary requirements..... Read More

  • 28
  • Aug'20

Bad English in Japan: A conspiracy theory

PORTLAND, OREGON – Japanese speak English, poorly. According to EF Education First, Japan ranked 53rd on its English Proficiency Index in 2019, behind countries such as China, South Korea, Vietnam and Albania. Japanese takers of the TOEIC in 2018 finished 44th out of 49 countries, eight spots below China. And, statistics aside, anyone who has spent much time in Japan knows that Japanese with good English are few and far between..... Read More

  • 26
  • Aug'20

Japan to OK Postcourse Career Changes by Foreign Trainees

Tokyo, Aug. 25 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Immigration Services Agency said Tuesday it will allow foreigners who completed technical training courses to get jobs outside their area of specialization if they are unable to return to their countries due to the coronavirus pandemic.... Read More

  • 25
  • Aug'20

Japan embraces 'workations' to revive tourist economy

TOKYO -- Bright sunlight and a distant horizon were the first sight that greeted Masashi Arai each morning from his hotel window in the seaside town of Toba, in central Japan, a stark contrast from the steel and glass towers Arai normally sees from his Tokyo Bay office -- and the perfect place to combine six weeks of work and leisure..... Read More

  • 21
  • Aug'20

7 Things I Didn’t Know About Moving in Japan

When I moved from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2019, I moved into a sharehouse, a common option for those who want to save money, have an easy move-in process, and easily meet new people. After six months, however, frustrated by noisy housemates and an appalling lack of cleanliness, I decided it was time for me to upgrade and get a place of my own..... Read More

  • 19
  • Aug'20

Japan's Agency of Cultural Affairs Reveals Animated Works for 'Animation Talent Training Research & Study Project 2020' Initiative

The Japanese government's Agency of Cultural Affairs announced on Monday the four studios that will participate in its “Animation Talent Training Research & Study Project 2020" initiative. The studios IMAGICA, Usagi.Ou, Orange, and Tsumugi Akita Anime Lab will each produce an animation project from seven to 10 minutes in length. The works will aim to raise the skill level of existing animators, and educate aspiring animators.... Read More

  • 19
  • Aug'20

Japan, Malaysia may resume travel in early Sept. for expatriates

Japan and Malaysia agreed Friday they may ease coronavirus-related travel restrictions for expatriates in early September, if they take precautionary measures such as a 14-day self-quarantine period after entering their respective countries, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said.... Read More

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