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Diversity & Empowerment of People

  • WORK-STYLE REFORM
  • HUMAN RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT
  • WOMEN
  • SENIORS
  • EXPATRIATES

When speaking about economics, everything starts with people. They are the country’s top asset, and this is where we are focused to make the biggest difference.
As people’s average life span expands, and our society grows more diverse, we want to help people remain productive, learn new skills, and re-invest that knowledge in their work.

Our initiatives include the Council for Designing 100-Year Life Society and measures to boost the workforce through higher female and senior engagement, as well as overseas talent.

WORK-STYLE REFORM

WORK-STYLE REFORM

  • Legislative rules and guidelines of “equal pay for equal work”: Eliminate the irrational gaps in the working conditions between regular and non-regular workers in order to enable non-regular workers to be fairly evaluated and to work with higher motivation
  • Promote a flexible work style: Promote teleworking, side jobs and those who wish to take on multiple jobs with a variety of policy measures, including the renewal of guidelines

    Law passed in June 2018

Reform our work-style

HUMAN RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT

HUMAN RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT

  • Move toward free education for infants (from low income households), all pre-school children, and higher-education (university) students (from low income households)
  • Support further education and mid-life career change for
    • Individuals who seek to advance their skills

       

    • Those wishing to switch jobs

       

    • Mothers returning to work after child-care leave, who wish to boost skills or change employment
  • Make education more practical
    • Reform higher education curriculum and facilities to better meet the needs of today’s professions, especially in terms of technical skills such as in IT

       

    • Introduce programming as mandatory study from elementary school to bolster societal IT knowledge in the future
HUMAN RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT

WOMEN

WOMEN

  • Bolster health support for women at various life stages
  • Offer greater assistance to single parents, irrespective of gender
  • Make available further and recurrent education for women returning to work after child-care leave
  • Provide female candidates with executive leadership training programs from the world’s leading business scholars
  • Eliminate all forms of violence against women including spousal violence, sex crimes, prostitution, human trafficking, sexual harassment, and stalking
  • Promote men taking child-care leave and being more active with domestic tasks
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  • From 2012 to 2018, the number of women joining the workforce increased by about

    2.9million

    Source: Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications “Labour Force Survey”

  • Women in management positions in the private sector approaches

    10%

    Source: Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare “Basic Survey on Wage Structure”

SENIORS

SENIORS

  • Provide a choice to work beyond the official retirement age for those who want to do so, as well as support companies that retain retiree-age staff
  • Provide support in matching job openings and applications
  • Consider raising the retirement age of civil servants gradually from 60 to 65 years old
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  • From 2012 to 2018, employment rate of people over the age of 65 increased by4.8%

    Source: Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications “Labour Force Survey”

    71%

    of seniors report that they would like to continue to work past retirement age

    Source: Cabinet Office “Research on daily life of seniors”2014

EXPATRIATES

EXPATRIATES

  • Actively attract overseas professionals who have expertise or experience in certain areas through easier visa procedures
    • Fast-track visa screenings to 10 days

       

    • Set up the world’s fastest Japanese Green Card program for Highly-Skilled Foreign Professionals in select fields
  • Established a new status of residence for foreign human resources who have a certain level of professional and technical skill, and Japanese language proficiency
  • Online applications accepted from 2019
  • Ease quality-of-life with more non-Japanese signage, international schools, English-speaking hospitals
  • Option to invite housekeeping staff from overseas
  • Support more international students and entrepreneurs
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  • The number of workers from abroad reached

    1.4million
    (Approx.)
    EXPATRIATES

    Source: Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare “Report on the Employment Situations of Foreigners”

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Diversity
& Empowerment
of People

  • WORK-STYLE REFORM
  • HUMAN RESOURCES
    DEVELOPMENT
  • WOMEN
  • SENIORS
  • EXPATRIATES

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Boost diversity