working in Japan

Frustrated foreigner living in Japan calls Japanese punctuality a half-truth

Sometimes Japanese people stick to a schedule, and sometimes they don’t, he says.

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Japanese government’s newest plan to fight overwork: Give employees Monday morning off

Shining Monday initiative sounds great for anyone who likes to party on Sunday night, or just would rather not be working on Monday morning.

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Tokyo companies’ late-night overtime habits exposed in time-lapse YouTube video channel【Videos】

In the busiest city in a country famous for working employees to death, Tokyo Workers hopes to help people find the work/life balance they desire.

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New list of inappropriate Japanese job interview questions from prefectural labor department

Governmental organization says your potential boss shouldn’t ask if you want to get married, where you were born, or what kind of car you drive.

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New cosplay job-hunting site opens, offers everything from one-day to full-time positions

Cosjob is here to help you go from just playing in an anime costume to working in one.

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One in four surveyed Japanese workers admits to wanting to kill boss, Osaka quake helps show why

The results of a recent survey come with Twitter horror stories about power-hungry superiors pushing their staff around, even mid-crisis.

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Japanese worker orders bento lunch, gets punished with televised apology and docked pay

People are saying this is Japanese workplace culture gone mad.

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Japan’s second-largest convenience store chain changes service policy for sake of foreign workers

Family Mart relaxes customer service rules in recognition of clerks who aren’t native Japanese speakers, also allows dyed hair.

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Japan now has over 40,000 foreign convenience store clerks as it continues to internationalize

Researcher says more than half of central Tokyo convenience stores have foreigners working the graveyard shift.

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Over 75 percent of Japanese women say they’ve slept with a male coworker in survey

Close to half say they weren’t in a relationship with the guy at the time.

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Japanese woman fed up with being expected to serve male coworkers tea shatters corporate culture

Frustrated professional busts up her office’s outdated “tea squad” tradition with a perfectly salted comeback.

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Japanese school’s ethics text encourages kids to “work without reward,” gets slammed online

Exasperated mom says cute animal characters are showing young students exactly what not to do in life.

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Japan sees huge growth in jobs in the “cleaning up the homes of old people who die alone” field

Demand grows more than 10 times in size in just five years as Japanese family dynamics change.

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Foreigners welcomed to apply for jobs as designers on Nintendo’s new Legend of Zelda game

Why keep the job you have now when you could be creating Hyrule’s forests, dungeons, and monsters instead?

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Japanese company is so kind it mails out condolence gifts if it can’t give applicants a job

Getting turned down for a job hurts, but one company wants to do what it can to help job-hunters bounce back from a rejection.

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Japanese advertising agency breaks tradition by recruiting people who got held back in school

When a company ensures that everyone deserves a second chance, it’s a company worth working for.

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Cosplay talent agency launches in Japan, offers representation to foreign cosplayers too

Dwango, the operators of Japan’s Nico Nico Douga streaming service, want to connect passionate cosplayers with paying jobs.

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Japanese salaryman fears backlash against attractive people due to company paternity leave system

If male employees can take time off for their child’s birth, there’s one simple way to keep them working, he says.

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Five magic Japanese phrases to know before starting a job in Japan

Gomen and kudasai are great for travelers and students, but if you’re going to be successful and happy working in Japan, you’ll want to know these.

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McDonald’s reminds Japan’s young adults that length isn’t everything, and being soft is OK too

Message of encouragement to young adults provides adult inspiration and immature giggles.

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