TT-817 -- Guest Worker Program About to Start, e-biz news from Japan

It looks like special foreign nanny visas are about to become law, for many thousands of nannies who can be hired by regular Japanese working women.


TT-779 -- Labor Law Changes to Create New Underclass? E-biz news from Japan.

Japan is undergoing a massive labor sea-change, and is creating two classes of workers -- the privileged and the rest of irregular workers.


TT-777 -- Over-staffing as a Cultural Habit. E-biz news from Japan.

Most Japanese senior managers, no matter how entrepreneurial, are educated and conditioned to work in groups, and the idea of working alone in their Country Manager role doesn't feel to them like a "real" company.


TT-714 -- Employees: Breaking Up is Hard to Do. E-biz news from Japan

Economists reckon that 10% of employees (about 4.5m people) in Japanese companies are redundant, and if they could, companies would let that many go in order to increase productivity.


TT-696 -- Choosing Not to Work Full-time, ebiz news from Japan

The percentage of non-regular to full-time workers is now a record 28.75%, almost 18m people (there are 62m in the workforce), and this is not just a temporary trend.


How to Deal With Your Workload and Become More Productive

Swamped. Snowed under. Just trying to stay above water. Whatever office cliché you use to describe it, we have all been in that situation where we feel like we might be swallowed up by our workload. But there are ways to manage your to-do list to avoid feeling overwhelmed...

Do Your Employees Feel Valued?

Recognizing employees for first-rate work isn’t just a nice gesture: It boosts morale, increases productivity, and helps retain top performers...

Generational Diversity in the Japanese Workplace

The old and the young. Can they work together? Read this Editorial to understand the myths, facts, and opportunities in addressing the generation gap issue in Japan.

Conducting Successful Job Interviews

There is no doubt that a new hire is a significant investment and now more than ever it is important to make sure you are getting what you really need – and an interview is your most important tool in assessing whether or not the candidate is the right fit.

Transferring Talent

Japan’s shrinking population is nothing new, and with one in three people set to be over 65 by 2025, it can’t be ignored. Simply put, the difficulty is in keeping the economy moving as the work force shrinks and the number of domestic consumers drops.


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