working in Japan

How many hours a month do anime artists work in Japan? Survey finds crazy number, unhappy workers

“Just what was it that I ever liked about anime?” wonders unsatisfied female artist.

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Is 150,000 yen (US$1,389) a month enough to live on in Tokyo? Depends what kind of life you want

That’s plenty for life in Japan’s capital, claims twenty-something woman, but you might not want to live like her.

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List of jobs in Japan that “don’t allow women to wear glasses” upsets fans of vision, meganekko

Talk show explains debatable logic behind four professions that frown on eyewear.

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Sayonara, suits! One of Japan’s biggest companies ditches suit-and-tie dress code

Telecom giant’s decision is part of plan to “increase the independence and productivity of each individual employee.”

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Microsoft Japan’s experiment with 3-day weekend boosts worker productivity by 40 percent

As it turns out, not squeezing employees dry like a sponge is maybe a good thing.

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Overworked Japanese employees mourn unused paid holidays at new Buddhist memorial service

Workaholics asked to address this senseless loss in a country where taking paid leave is frowned upon.

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English reactions to A Day in the Life of a Japanese Salaryman video sadden Japanese netizens

Many were depressed by some of the comments made by overseas YouTube users who found the workday in the video long and tiresome.

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Japan second-least attractive country for expats to work, survey says, but is it really that bad?

Japan gets average marks in one category, abysmal ones in two others.

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Foreigner disappointed by Japan’s hazy concept of “work ending times,” so are Japanese people

Japanese coworker has “nothing I could say to dispute that.”

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What do Japanese kids want to be when they grow up? For 30 percent of boys, YouTubers, survey says

Professional e-sports player also skyrockets in popularity for boys, while girls’ career dreams remain steady.

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Four frustrating attitudes women in Japan run into when interviewing for jobs, grouped by age

Exasperated job-hunter lays out 13 years of catch-22s.

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Tokyo IT company will give you a salary bonus every month to help you take care of your pet cat

Feline financial aid system helps contribute to a happier workplace, CEO says.

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Japanese company offers working space for just 100 yen per hour in downtown Tokyo

Whether you’re visiting Japan on business, working remotely, or just need a quick phone charge, this is definitely something you’ll want to take advantage of.

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Too-good-to-be-true fantasy scenario demotivates Japanese commuters who hate their jobs

Supposedly less-than-perfect jobs both sound a lot better than the ones many people actually have.

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#kutoo movement continues its fight to free women from company-enforced foot pain.

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How much do you need to earn every month for a “normal” life in Kyoto? Here’s a sample budget

Fantasizing about relocating to Japan’s ancient capital? Here’s what it’ll cost you per month, and no, a minimum-wage job isn’t going to cut it.

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Anime character designer flat-out tells foreigners they shouldn’t move to Japan to work in anime

JoJo character designer warns overseas fans about the hardships of working in Japanese animation.

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Foreign workers being hired for Fukushima nuclear power plant decommissioning project

Tokyo Electric Power Company plans to use new visa rules to add foreign staff to its 2011 earthquake/tsunami cleanup efforts.

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Japanese employee finds frightening warning in office bathroom, disguised as a friendly reminder

The hidden warning in a foreign language urged readers to run.

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Japanese restaurant now offering pretend farewell parties for when your coworkers hate you

For a fee, restaurant staff will act like they’ve worked with you for years.

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