Japan

  • 'Unprecedented Challenges': Labor Shortage to Impact World

    'Unprecedented Challenges': Labor Shortage to Impact World

    Germany, Japan Face High Risks of Shortages

    A new report from The Conference Board shows risks of labor shortage in a majority of occupations and advanced economies over the next 15 years. Continue Reading

  • LA Port Union Strikers: We Want Job Security

    LA Port Union Strikers: We Want Job Security

    By John Rogers LOS ANGELES -- For the most part, the work of the people who file the invoices for the TV sets that arrive from China and the cars that come from Japan goes all but unnoticed as those products and countless others make their way across the United States. Not this week, however, after about... Continue Reading

  • Panasonic To Cut 10,000 More Jobs

    Panasonic To Cut 10,000 More Jobs

    Panasonic Corp., Japan's biggest commercial employer, will lay off 10,000 more workers in the fiscal year ending in March 2013, in a bid to trim costs and boost profitability at close to 100 business units, a fifth of which are losing money, its chief financial officer told Reuters. Panasonic is aiming to... Continue Reading

  • U.S. Growth Slowed At Year's Start But Some See Rebound

    U.S. Growth Slowed At Year's Start But Some See Rebound

    By Paul Wiseman and Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON -- Don't panic yet. The government reported Friday that the economy got off to a tepid start this year, but that doesn't foreshadow a repeat of the near-standstill that happened in 2011. "The economy is firmly on a growth trajectory," said Sung Won... Continue Reading

  • Unemployment Up, Household Spending Falls In Japan

    Unemployment Up, Household Spending Falls In Japan

    By Tomoko A. Hosaka TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's jobless rate climbed for the first time in three months in October while household spending and incomes fell, adding to evidence that the country's post-disaster rebound is waning. Government figures released Tuesday showed the unemployment rate adjusted for... Continue Reading

  • Japanese Firm Orders All Employees To Get Identical Haircuts To Reduce Energy Use

    Japanese Firm Orders All Employees To Get Identical Haircuts To Reduce Energy Use

    Japanese corporate culture has always placed the good of the organization above that of the individual worker, going so far as to dictate workplace fashion and daily exercise routines. But haircuts? At least one Japanese firm has jumped on the one-hairstyle-for-all bandwagon as part of a national campaign to... Continue Reading

  • Japan Jobless Rate Rises, Factory Output Anemic

    Japan Jobless Rate Rises, Factory Output Anemic

    By SHINO YUASA TOKYO -- Japan's unemployment rate rose for the first time in six months in April and industrial production remained anemic after a record drop in the aftermath of March's earthquake and tsunami. The twin disasters already have sent Japan's economy back into recession and Moody's Investors... Continue Reading

  • Japanese Cosmetic Giant Shiseido Institutes Curfew For Workers

    Japanese Cosmetic Giant Shiseido Institutes Curfew For Workers

    Japanese cosmetic giant Shiseido has instituted a 10PM closing curfew for all its employees. This is part of a larger effort to encourage workers to spend more time with their families and less time on the premises, further cutting down on workplace overtime costs, and attempting to reinvigorate Japan's economy. Continue Reading