Japanese companies tend to push current employees to work overtime rather than increase hiring when they get busy. Labor shortages are forcing firms in some industries to have employees work longer.
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Choi Jong-moon, South Korean ambassador for cultural and UNESCO affairs, opposing Japan's campaign to get sites related to the country's Meiji era industrial revolution added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. (Jiji Press) Read
Osamu Yamaguchi, a 61-year-old dog breeder in Takasaki, Gunnma Prefecture and member of Akitainu Introduction Foundation. The Akita breed has recently gained great popularity overseas for its intelligence and faithful nature. (Yomiuri Shimbun) Read
Kelley Blue Book senior analyst Karl Brauer, saying air bag maker Takata may not be able to handle the huge cost of the expanded recall and may need help from automakers or the Japanese government.… Read
Internal Affairs and Communications Minister Sanae Takaichi. The ministry is seeking innovative ideas that could impact the global information and communications industry, hoping to discover the next Steve Jobs. (Yomiuri Shimbun) Read
Kota Matsuda, an opposition party member of Japan's upper house of parliament and founder of Tully's Coffee Japan. He says the government may be laying out the money to promote Japanese culture, but what a… Read