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Employment

01

Aug

Satori Sedai: Enlightenment Takes New Form in Contemporary Society

By Mika Fukuda
Intern, CarterJMRN K.K.

 

A term that is still quite new in demographics discussion, “Satori Sedai”, or “Enlightened Generation”, describes the now more than ever informed and cautious youth who are standardizing pessimism as the new optimism.

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03

Mar

Risa Hamada Joins CarterJMRN KK

Risa Hamada
Client Service Director (bilingual)

Tokyo, Japan – March 3, 2014 – CarterJMRN KK is pleased to announce that Risa Hamada has joined its growing team to serve as Client Service Director, effective March 3, 2014.

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01

Oct

Standard of Living in Japan Stacks Up Fairly Well

By Debbie Howard

 

During the two so-called ‘lost decades’ since the early 1990s, the standard of living of the average Japanese household has been maintained, and on some counts, has even increased somewhat.

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21

Jul

Asakatsu

By Dominic Carter

 

One of the first things that struck me when I came to Japan as a young manager was how difficult it was to get people to leave the office at anything like what seemed to me to be a normal time. As many foreign managers will attest, this tendency to hang around the office often didn’t seem to have much to do with productivity. Rather, it was as if people were deliberately working slowly – unwilling to leave work unfinished till the next day, afraid to let the side down by leaving the office before 8, or just suffering from a free-floating anxiety about not being at one’s desk or away from their colleagues. Seeing this behavior as having no basis in rationality I took it on as a personal mission to force people to leave the office at what I considered a relatively late 6 o’clock. After having had a few semi-heated discussions with my team who told me I had no right to tell them not to work (and realizing I was being completely ignored), I gave up, perplexed. At least if any of my overseas colleagues thought I was allowing archaic and abusive work practices to fester, like any number of Japanese prime-ministers, I could put my hand on my heart and say I’d tried my best at reform!

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12

Sep

Dark Days Could Lead to Dawn of Japanese Entrepreneurship

By Debbie Howard

 

The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, or GEM has pointed out that in “2000-2009, Japan recorded one of the lowest rates of entrepreneurial activity amongst the world’s leading nations.” The GEM report from 2009 said that “Japan’s citizens exhibit the greatest fear of failure among the 20 innovation-driven economies the GEM analyzed, and ranked dead last in the number of citizens who perceive opportunities for entrepreneurship.”

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15

Jun

The Numbers Are In: Even Japanese Males See Value of Women in Workplace

By Debbie Howard

 

Attitudes toward women in the workplace in Japan are changing slowly but surely. Companies are getting on board and offering support for employees with families as a way to encourage women to stay in the workforce.  And even though women still have to make tough choices to make regarding their careers versus their family life, the evidence is growing to show that men are increasingly supportive of the changes that are taking place.

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06

Apr

Women Important Not Only in the Workplace, But Also as Consumers

By Debbie Howard

 

In past columns, I’ve written about the changing gender roles in Japan, the importance of incorporating women in the workplace, and even the statistically-proven positive effect of all this in improving Japan’s flat birthrate.

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26

Jan

Taking Stock and Moving Forward in the New Year

By Debbie Howard

 

The New Year offers us a clean slate, and as such, it is an excellent opportunity to take stock and re-assess utilization of available resources.  Of course this year, the need to do so is even greater than usual.

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22

Sep

Female “Work Returnees” Yet Another Valuable Resource

By Debbie Howard

 

I have often said that Japanese companies tend to be losing out when it comes to utilizing Japanese females as a valuable resource, especially compared to their foreign counterparts who are much more proactive about creating favorable workplaces for females.  While foreign firms still seem to have the lead, it appears that Japanese companies are beginning to institute practices that are gaining recognition.

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23

Jun

Long-term View Illuminates Deep, Far Ranging Changes

By Debbie Howard

 

As I approach my 23rd anniversary in Japan — literally tomorrow, June 24th — it is interesting to reflect on some of the dramatic changes since 1985, when I arrived.  Many have commented on the slow pace of change in Japan, and indeed compared to some countries, change can seem glacial at times.  However, I feel rather confident in saying that Japan is quite a different place than it was.

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