working in Japan

More than one in three Japanese working women in survey would rather be housewives

Survey also finds a surprising gap in housewife-life appeal depending on whether or not women have kids.

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New Japanese office furniture, lockers to stand and sleep in, baffles, depresses the Internet

For when your boss says you can take a nap, but there’s nowhere to lie down.

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Japanese company uses video game-style hit point badges to help employees know who needs a hand

Tokyo-based firm understands it can be hard for some people to speak up when they’re feeling run down.

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Tokyo government announces new name for maternity/paternity leave, hopes to change attitudes

Governor of Tokyo wants people to stop saying the old term because paternal leave is not a vacation.

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No more neckties! Japanese prefecture abolishes necktie dress code for government employees

Decision is a plus for workers and the environment.

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Pokémon video game developer will allow employees to choose four-day work week

Gotta catch ‘em all, but don’t gotta work five days a week.

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Video game maker Capcom promises to increase worker salaries by 30 percent

New hires to get paid more too following very profitable year.

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Bandai is raising all full-time employees’ salaries by roughly 30 percent

Giant robot toymaker gives workers giant raises to boost motivation, with one possible catch.

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Which jobs in Japan have the most and least overtime? Survey investigates

Results also show wide gap in amount of overtime done by men and women.

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Japan’s “all-you-can-quit” job-quitting service not what it seems, is also sneakily hard to quit

For a service that promises a clean break with a bad job, this taishoku daikou has a lot of strings attached.

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Survey reveals most Japanese workers want to work from home at least twice per week

Younger and older workers did have different ideas of what the ideal number is, though. 

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Support for coworker drinking parties dropping rapidly in Japan, even among older people【Survey】

Pandemic has more people thinking they don’t need to drink with people in order to work with them.

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Shinkansen conductor caught playing GPS smartphone game on bullet train…for TEN years

He might have gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for an anonymous tip-off.

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Japanese boss finds out employee is moonlighting as light novel author, does something about it

Japanese companies tend to frown on workers having a side job, but this time there’s something to smile about.

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New “boss’ treat” vending machines in Japan give out free drinks if you use them with a coworker

You don’t need to bring any money as long as you remember to bring a buddy.

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Japanese Twitter reveals the one Japanese word that gets English-speakers super excited

A tiny word that makes all the difference to some!

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Japan’s oldest McDonald’s worker defies age barriers, inspires everyone at the age of 93

You’ll find a wide range of ages at this Japanese branch of the Golden Arches. 

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“I need to talk with you,” Japanese worker tells boss, gets sweet reaction to “serious” problem

Boss fears the worst, shows that he’s the best.

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Breathtaking pixel art video shows 100 years of Japanese work culture changes【Video】

From the birth of salarymen to the rise of the company warrior and the new normal.

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Illegal amounts of overtime going on at 37 percent of Japanese companies in government inspections

And believe it or not, that’s actually good news in a way.

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