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Japanese Society Becomes More Open to Body Size Diversity

The Land of the Rising Sun is known worldwide not only for its delicious cuisines but mostly for its healthy selection of food and dishes. Majority of Japanese are very health conscious and particular about their diet. For most people in Japan, being slim and slender is regarded as the standard of beauty especially among women.   In
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Japan Aims to Systematize English Traffic Signs for the Upcoming Tokyo Olympics

A year before the much awaited 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Japanese government in coordination with the Organizing Committee for the Olympic games, is preoccupied in its preparation for the multi national sports event.   To ensure public safety and the smooth flow of the games, the transport ministry of Japan has previously conducted a test
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Metropolitan Government Implements Measures to Address Tokyo Olympics Traffic Jam

The Land of the Rising Sun is already anticipating a great surge of tourists and sports enthusiasts during the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic games particularly in Tokyo and other major cities which will serve as venue of said international sports event.   There are several factors that the Japanese government, in cooperation with the Tokyo Olympics Organizing
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Tokyo DisneySea will Launch a Flight Simulator Attraction to Travel Across the Globe

Year in and year out, hundreds of thousands of locals and international tourists come to visit Japan in order to go sightseeing, appreciate its awe inspiring theme parks and be amazed by its top notch technology.   One of the most popular and well loved attractions in the Land of the Rising Sun is Tokyo DisneySea. It is
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Understanding the Factors for Salary Adjustments in Japan

One of the many factors which explain why hundreds of thousands of foreign workers aspire to seek for employment opportunities in Japan is because of the fact that firms and commercial establishments in the Land of the Rising Sun are known to give their employees a stable working life and good environment. These Japanese companies are also commended
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Japan moves for a cashless payment system

In today’s age, most if not all have developed a strong dependence and heavy reliance on technology and digitization. These progressive advances in applied sciences including but not limited to automations and telecommunications grant users so much convenience to allow for a more effective and efficient environment whether at home, in school, at work, or anywhere else.   The aim
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Future Looks Bright for Foreign Workers, Disabled in Japan

Japanese companies are opening their doors to more foreign workers, women, elderly people, and disabled people in response to various economic occurrences such as overseas expansion, chronic labor shortage and legal change on the employment of the disabled. These have prompted job fairs to be organized in turn.   The companies are going ahead of the revised employment

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October 20, 2017

Austrian Immigration Rule affects Japanese School in Vienna

The Japanese School in Vienna is facing a dilemma concerning immigration control and its Japanese teachers’ legal stay. Two of its teachers failed to obtain visas before their visa-free stays in Austria expired forcing them out of the country.   The school, which was established in 1978, has a total of eight full-time teachers coming all the way

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October 18, 2017
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A Recap on “Why Are Wages Not Rising Despite the Labor Shortage?”

(This post is a shortened version of University of Tokyo Professor Genda Yūji’s article published in Nippon.com) Japan’s “Hello Work” employment offices reveals that the ratio of job offers to job seekers have been increasing since 2010. As of May this year, there are only 2 people who can fill up a job opening that requires three persons.

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October 13, 2017
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Omnichannel to Encourage In-store Shopping

Seems that the trend nowadays is to channel most retail marketing online. Conventional brick-and- mortar shops have incorporated online shopping to compete with online-only sellers like Amazon. However, some big retail stores are closing shops together with their hopes of complementing their physical stores with an online presence.   Retail store owners originally thought that an omnichannel (a

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October 11, 2017

Technical Internship Programs for Konbini Foreign Part-Timers

The convenience store industry in Japan will be offering the government-sponsored Technical Internship Program and Nihongo proficiency for its non-Japanese part-time employees. The Japan Franchise Association is also lobbying for the government to include convenience store management into it. Overall, the program aims to provide technical skills, technology and knowledge to people from developing countries who are working in companies

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October 9, 2017

More Japanese Children Gets Waitlisted 3 Years Now

Japan’s number of waitlisted children for day care enrollment has been increasing for three years in a row now. This year, the number grew by 2,528 from 26,081 recorded last April 2016 according to the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry. This is due to several factors. One of which is more women joining the workforce. Another is the government’s

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October 6, 2017

From ‘Bad Tourists’ to Informed Ones: Japan Should Play Its Part

Japan’s tourism has been soaring year on year. Just last year, its foreign tourist numbers reached 24 million. This is still expected to rise to 40 million come 2020 for the Tokyo Summer Olympics and Paralympics.   The future looks good. However, some locals are already expressing their preference to keep the ‘bad tourists’ from entering Japan.

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October 4, 2017

Full-Time Worker Shortage in Japan up to 45%

A recent survey made by Teikoku Databank Ltd. released last August 24 showed that Japanese companies are facing a record-high 45% shortage of full-time workers. It is a huge increase from the July 2016 survey showing just 7.5% shortage.   Photo credit to: http://homehub.homeloans.com.au   Here is the breakdown of the shortage per sector:   69.7% shortage for

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October 2, 2017

Tokyo eyes basically banning indoor smoking at restaurants, hotels

The Tokyo metropolitan government plans to ban indoor smoking in facilities in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. A corresponding punishment may take place once the rule is broken.   Photo credit to: https://www.japantimes.co.jp   Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike said in a press conference last September 8, 2017 that “total indoor smoking ban is the basic trend

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September 29, 2017

Japan’s Tourism, Real Estate Hires More Asian Workers

Japan’s hotel operators and real estate firms are aggressively hiring foreign workers to capture overseas investors and buyers. The in-bound tourism and investment from wealthy foreign buyers have been booming and increasing.   TKP Corp., a Tokyo-based meeting room rental company, has been recruiting several Chinese and Taiwanese nationals every year offering the same compensation as that of their

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September 27, 2017