Japan Employment News

  • 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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