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Japanese ministers call for reform of company hiring practices that focus on new graduates

With jobs getting harder to find, it’s important that more people have the chance to be hired.

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30 percent of surveyed Japanese actors/voice actors admit to suicidal thoughts due to work

The results for the survey held by the Japan Actors Union have prompted the union to establish mental health services for their members.

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Suicide is the leading cause of death among young people in Japan, statistics show

Situation is found in no other country of similar economic status.

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The difference between Japanese and Western working cultures summed up in one photo

Two office skyscrapers look out over Shibuya together, but inside they’re worlds apart.

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Court verdict reached on Kyoto schoolgirl who sued bullies for causing her mental illness

Plaintiff sought damages of 90 million yen (US$863,433) from her tormentors and the school itself.

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Life isn’t like anime — Japanese school to close, students must transfer 200 kilometers away

Coronavirus is straw that breaks the back of boarding school with shrinking enrollment numbers.

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Population aging in Japan gets a corona-boost as pregnancies drop by 11 percent this year

COVID-19 takes its toll on Japan in a different way.

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Tokyo temple holds funeral for personal seals in effort to reform outdated business practice【Vid】

Monk chants sutras in farewell to a business tool that doesn’t mesh with telecommuting.

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Tokyo government provides coronavirus home recuperation sets with instant ramen, curry, and more

Comfort food care packages eliminate the need to go out for groceries or take-out during final stage of recovery.

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Japanese restaurant chain starts bold new policy: Letting you take your leftovers home with you

Sustainable development goals cited as reason for change, but there’s probably another factor at play too.

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New Pantene commercial interviews Japanese trans individuals about difficulties of job hunting

Sending love and light to the LGBTQ+ community.

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Finishing before the end – Japanese gamers discuss why they quit games right before the last boss

Gamer who loses interest at the climax finds out he’s not the only one.

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Japanese manners debate: Is it OK to tell your coworkers “I’ve found a new job?”

Pros, cons, compromises, and proverbs to consider when it’s time to say so long.

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Japanese Komeito party suggests 20,000 yen (US$189) grant for graduating high school students

They argue that high school graduates and deferred students deserve a boost considering the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Anger sparks as Tokyo politician claims “legally protecting lesbians and gays will ruin district”

But like how?

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How should you respond when a Japanese person gives you a compliment?

You may have heard there’s only one proper phrase to use, but that’s not true.

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Women in Japan to be allowed to buy morning-after pill without a doctor’s prescription

Change in regulations follows lobbying by advocacy groups.

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The number of doctorate students in Japan is now almost half of what it was 17 years ago

Japan’s booming science industries might need workplace reform if they want to continue hiring qualified workers. 

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Japanese supermarket’s funeral ad sparks controversy, debate over “blasphemy”

Is Aeon’s award-winning design an economical comfort or a blasphemy against your ancestors?

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One of Japan’s largest financial companies offers four-day weekend plan for all employees

Mizuho employees will get to chose how much they want to work.

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