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[16 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

Women are the solution to Japan’s expected labor shortage and economic difficulties stemming from a decline in its population, the head of a joint agency of the World Trade Organization and the United Nations recently told Kyodo News.
“There is a big potential in Japan to grow the economy with the participation of women in this growth, by putting women in the economy,” Arancha Gonzalez, executive director of the International Trade Center said.
The institution is dedicated to supporting the internationalization of small and medium-sized companies, paying special attention to the role …

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[9 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

Unlike many new graduates, Issei Iimura won’t feel too nervous when he begins working at Asatsu-DK Inc, a major advertising company in Tokyo, next spring.
That’s because Iimura, 22, now a last year university student, got not only a job at the company, but also a mentor, Shotaro Nieda, 30, through the company’s unique recruitment system.
For the 2017 business year starting next April, Asatsu-DK changed its system of hiring new graduates, and began allowing jobseekers to choose who they want to be interviewed by.
It selected some 90 people among its employees …

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[21 Nov 2016 | No Comment | ]

Japan is planning to allow foreigners with advanced expertise to apply for permanent resident status after living in the country for only a year, compared with five years currently, government sources said Saturday.
The government hopes to put the change into practice as early as in fiscal 2017 starting in April of that year, they said.
Japan plans to reduce the requisite period for permanent residency to secure individuals with high technical or managerial expertise, they said. The government’s growth strategy package compiled in June floated the idea of creating a “Japanese …

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[20 Nov 2016 | No Comment | ]

Ford Motor Co, one of Donald Trump’s prime corporate targets on the campaign trail, has offered the President-elect a chance to claim a victory by informing him it would not shift production of a Lincoln sport utility vehicle to Mexico from Kentucky.
Trump jumped at the chance, claiming in a tweet that he had “worked hard” with Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford Jr to keep the plant in Kentucky, even though Ford had never considered moving the whole factory south of the border.
In letting Trump claim a victory, Ford made what …

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[7 Nov 2016 | No Comment | ]

Compensating carmakers in Britain for any post-Brexit tariffs on exports to Europe could see the government hand the companies more money than they need to pay the salaries of all their British workers, a Reuters analysis of corporate filings shows.
Japan’s Nissan said in September it would only commit to new UK investment if it received a guarantee of compensation to offset any such tariffs. Last week, it agreed to build new models in the country after Prime Minister Theresa May assured it the government would provide support to preserve its …

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[28 Oct 2016 | No Comment | ]

THEY call it the “iron rice bowl”.
Demand for cushy government positions with lifelong job security have led to a record number of applicants in China’s civil service entrance exams, Chinese media reports.
Nearly 1.5 million people applied for just 15,589 positions this year, with a humble receptionist position for a minor political party attracting the most interest with 9837 people vying for the role.
The role at the Beijing offices of the China Democratic League involves receiving guests and serving tea — but requires a bachelor’s degree and two years of “grassroots …

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[26 Oct 2016 | No Comment | ]

The top executive overseeing connected vehicles at Nissan and Renault believes the benefits of developing a common technology for connectivity within the Japanese and French auto partnership outweigh the risks of sustaining huge damage from a possible defect or cyberattack.
Ogi Redzic, senior vice president at the Renault-Nissan Alliance, oversees such connected services, including staying connected with family, navigating best routes and remote control of vehicles — an area where all the world’s automakers are trying to gain an edge.
Redzic, formerly of Motorola and Nokia, was tapped for the post at …

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[15 Oct 2016 | No Comment | ]

TOKYO — Within 20 years, says Shukan Asahi (Oct. 7), “the full-time employee will have disappeared.”
Is this good news or bad? Calamity or opportunity? Is something being given us, or taken away?
“Working Conditions in 2035” is the title of a labor ministry report released in August. Among its 30 pages are several imagined “case histories.” The ones Shukan Asahi summarizes are pretty sunny. “A-san” (as we’ll call her) is 50 now, a company accountant. “Fifteen years ago” – which is to say, in 2020 – she lost her job …

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[11 Oct 2016 | No Comment | ]

Clamshell grills are making burger flipping obsolete at McDonald’s, Johnny Rockets and other burger chains. Digital kiosks, tabletop tablets and mobile phones are taking orders at eateries like Panera, Chili’s Grill & Bar and Domino’s. And at Silicon Valley start-up Zume, robots are being programmed to take over pizza assembly.
Such labor-saving devices have been held out as counterweights to efforts to raise the wages of the lowest paid workers in the United States. But the early evidence suggests robots and other forms of automation are merely reshaping the work of …

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[29 Sep 2016 | No Comment | ]

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says the Korea-U.S. free trade agreement has taken jobs from Americans. But a recent U.S. government report is telling the opposite.
In its “Jobs supported by export destination 2015” report, the U.S. Department of Commerce said: “Korea is the country that made the fourth-largest contribution to jobs created in the United States.” The report estimated about 890,000 new jobs were created thanks to U.S. exports between 2009 and 2015.
In July, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) also issued a report that said the Korea-U.S. …