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Experienced hires on the rise

Major companies are increasingly hiring experienced employees. According to a research conducted by Nihon Keizai Shinbun, hiring of experienced employees increased by 6.1 percent compared to last year. Companies are deploying these experienced hires to strengthen new lines of business. Sony plans to hire 400 experienced employees, or 14 percent increase from last year, topping the group of manufacturing companies to increase experienced hires. Seven Eleven Japan plans to hire 475 employees.





In a survey of 2081 companies, new recruits for the spring of 2008 decreased 0.2 percent to 126,850 indicating that while companies aggressively recruit on campuses, they are also aggressive in hiring experienced employees to secure necessary talents. (Source: Nihon Keizai Shinbun



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2007年04月25日 News トラックバック:0 コメント:2

More people switching jobs

According to a research by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, 3,460,000 people, 1.8 percent increase from prior year, switched jobs in 2006, marking the highest number of people changing jobs since 2002 when the research began. Job changes among women increased 2.9 percent pushing the total number upward. The result reflects Japan’s improving economy and companies’ aggressiveness in hiring experienced employees.





The total number of people switching jobs increased for two consecutive years. Unemployment rate decreased from 5.5 percent in June 2002 to 4.0 percent in November 2006 reflecting the improving labor market. (Source: Nikkei Net)



2007年04月25日 News トラックバック:0 コメント:2

Nissan to Cut 12,000 Jobs in Japan

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. the maker of Fairlady Z and Skyline announced on April 23 its course on implementing early retirement programs targeting approximately 12,000 employees in the manufacturing and sales departments over the age of 45. The company aims to reduce its sales force which comprises 70 percent of this number. Nissan, under continuing weak demand, have reduced production at two factories from April. The company, determining dramatic improvement in domestic sales to be difficult, has stepped up to the lay off in eight years since 1999.





Nissan will pay additional severance calculated according to the number of years with the company. Application is accepted for 6 months beginning June. Nikkei Net

When can employers lay off employees in Japan? See related articles.



2007年04月24日 News トラックバック:0 コメント:2

Manage your time, seize your success

Wonder what makes successful people succesful? Good time management. But don't worry, this is a skill that can be acquired with a little discipline.





1. Don't leave your e-mail sitting in your inbox. Only touch e-mails once, then take action as soon as you read it. Move it to your to-do list, print it out, or move it to your calendar.

2. Admit multitasking decreases productivity. Do only one action at a time.

3. Make a list of the day's tasks, and do the most important task for that day first. Organize the list the night before so you know what to expect tomorrow.

4. Check your e-mails on a schedule, not each time that e-mail sign appears on the bottom right corner of your desktop. Relax and remember: people want predictable responses - not instantaneous.

5. Keep Web site addresses organized using bookmark and favorite functions.

6. Recognize your highest-level productivity time and manage your schedule so you do your most important work at during that time.

7. Save keystrokes to save time. How many key strokes does it take you to Google search? Can you reduce it to three? You might save 10 seconds, but over time, that adds up.

8. Make it easy to get started on an overwhelming project by breaking it into manageable bits.

9. Organize your to-do list every day. Some people like writing the list out by hand. Others prefer using software which slices and dices their to-do list into manageeable, relevant chunks.

10. Dare to be slow. Remember that someone who is doing the highest priority task is probably not answering incoming e-mails while they're doing it. Consider what's most important and invest intellect - not speed - to completing the task.

(Source: AM NY, Monday, April 23, 2007. "Time is Money, so manage it" by Karen Salmansohn)



2007年04月24日 News トラックバック:0 コメント:2

More Elderly Workers

Elderly between ages 55 and 69 are working more according to a report released Monday, April 9, 2007 by the California Budget Program. The proportion of men and women ages 55 to 69 who are working rose by 10.6 percent and 9.2 percent, respectively.





Experts say the change is caused by various social factors, good and bad. Longer lives and better health mean people are physically able to work longer. A diminished retirement system and a sharp rise in baby boomers who feel financially unsecured to retire will continue to work longer.

Some industries, especially healthcare, have very little qualified workers that older employees are welcomed to work longer. American's changing attitude towards employment has encouraged more elderly workers to challenge second careers, new small businesses, or jobs that pay less but more fulfilling.

The California Budget Project is a Sacramento-based think tank that works as an advocate for low- and middle-income residents.



2007年04月11日 News トラックバック:0 コメント:2

Famous Quote by Judge Learned Hand

"Over and over again courts have said that there is nothing sinister in so arranging one's affairs as to keep taxes as low as possible. Everybody does so, rich or poor; and all do right, for nobody owes any public duty to pay more than the law demands: taxes are enforced exactions, not voluntary contributions. To demand more in the name of morals is mere cant." [Commissioner v. Newman, 159 f2d 848 (Ca 2, 1947)]





In plain English, Judge Learned Hand is saying that the courts have stated many times that there is nothing wrong with minimizing taxes. Everybody, rich or poor, does it. Nobody owes any public duty to pay more taxes than necessary. We are forced to pay taxes and they are not voluntary contributions. To ask people to pay more taxes than necessary because "it is the right thing to do" is stupid.

As some have already been introduced in WJA, there are many ways to minimize taxes and social insurance premiums. I believe that as long as those arrangements are reasonably supported by law (as long as one doesn't cross the line between legal and illegal), it is ok to take advantage of them. It is the responsibility of tax and social insurance premium professionals to work for their clients' best financial interests and to advise tax and social insurance premium saving plans.

Previously introduced minimization techniques:
- Legal Rent
- リーガルレント



2007年04月05日 Taxes トラックバック:0 コメント:3

After Hour Drinking Function Considered Work

On March 28th, in a case where a wife of a 44 year-old corporate manager who, on his way home, died falling off stairs at a subway station sued the Central Labor Standards Inspection Office for denying Workers’ Accident Compensation benefit claims, the Tokyo District Court ruled in favor of the wife.





The Central Labor Standards Inspection Office defended its decision stating that “a drinking function is not work and the manager had more than enough drinks.” However, the judge ruled that “for men, although a function may involve alcohol, it differs from a plain social gathering in that it is often a place to listen to the opinions of his subordinates and attendance is part of his job. He did not drink excessively, and the court cannot determine that intoxication was the cause of his accident. Rather, rain made the steps slippery.”

According to the ruling, on December of 1999, the corporate manager attended a corporate function which began from around 5 pm at the second floor of his office where he drank three cans of beer and three cups of whiskey in paper cups. He left the office around 10 pm that night and 10 minutes later, he fell off 18 steps at Tsukiji Station on the Hibiya Subway Line and struck his head on the ground. He was carried to a hospital but was announced dead. [NIKKEI NET]



2007年04月03日 News トラックバック:0 コメント:2

友人との語り合い:日本について

昨夜、日本の大学時代から親しくしているその友人とニュージャージー州のフォート・リーにある韓国料理屋で夕食を済ませたあと、その友人宅にお邪魔しました。互いに幼い頃から高校生卒業までニューヨークで育ち大学で日本に戻った帰国子女です。大学卒業後は互いに日本で就職し、数年の東京での勤務後、ニューヨークに戻ってきました。昨日はそんな友人と深夜まで日本の良いところ・悪いところについて語り合い、色々と新たな発見をしました。そして、日本の良いところは四季、温泉、料理、などにあり、悪いところは人、とくに東京にいる人たち、にあるというところにたどり着きました。





ニューヨークに住んでいると日本の四季の豊かさが懐かしくなります。立って浴びるシャワーしかない生活が続くと、体の芯まで温まる温泉が恋しくなります。マクドナルドやピザ屋より、大戸屋や地元の定食屋の方が体に合っていることを痛感します。しかし、考えてみるとこれらはすべて「外的要因」です。人の価値観や文化など社会の根本を成しているものではありません。

それに対して、日本の悪いところは日本人一般、とくに東京に住む人たちの行動習慣や価値観などの「内的要因」にあることに気付きました。例えば、シルバーシートや女性専用車両の存在そのものが疑問です。老人や妊婦、身体に障害を抱えた人が乗車し、他に空いている席がなければ自分の席を譲るのは当然の行為ではないでしょうか?しかし、東京の多くの人たちは寝たふりや見えないふりをします。ニューヨークは個人主義の色濃い都会ですが、老人や妊婦、身体障害者が乗車すれば大抵のニューヨーカーは即座に席を譲ります。いかにも不親切そうな面構えをした男でも、買物袋をぶら下げて友人と騒がしくペチャクチャと話している女でも、自分より席を必要としている人を目にすれば瞬時に席を譲ります。

女性専用車両も同様です。満員電車での男性による女性への痴漢行為防止、そして女性がそのような被害への心配なく快適に電車を利用できるようにと導入された制度ですが、そもそも痴漢行為というものがなければいらない制度です。なぜそのような公共の場で痴漢行為に及ぶのか?それは、やはり東京で生活する人たちの心にゆがみが生じているからでしょう。ニューヨークでは強姦などの犯罪ニュースはよく耳にしますが、通勤中の満員電車の中での痴漢行為などというのはめったに耳にしません。





そして、取り上げられずにいられないのが日本の労働環境です。残業体質、仕事上での付き合い、ドレスコード、出社時間尊守への厳しさ、昼食時間の統一制、ある意味すべてが「ルール化」されてしまっています。「自分の仕事は終わっているのに、なぜ上司の残業に付き合わなければいけないのか?」、「仕事後、プライベートを満喫したいのになぜ飲み会などに付き合わないといけないのか?」、「お客やクライアントと会うこともないのに、なぜネクタイを締めてジャケットまで着ないといけないのか?」、「毎日仕事はきちんとこなすのに、なぜ毎朝決まった時間に出社しないといけないのか?」、「なぜ、店が一番込み合う12時~1時の間にどこの社員もあえて昼時間を取るのか?」おそらく、「ルール化」しないと、きちんとしない社員がいるからではないだろうか。しかし、それこそが心のゆがみであり、その実質的な問題を解決せずに、ルールや決まりごとといった形式的な解決策だけを導入しても一向に現状は改善しないのではないだろうか。それとも、「ルール」といった基準がないと、自分たちで判断して行動することのできない人たちが多いのだろうか。

日本は素晴らしい国であることには間違いありません。それは、多くの中国人や韓国人は母国を捨ててアメリカに永住するのに対し、日本人の多くはやがては日本に帰国することにも表れています。四季、料理、温泉など、素晴らしい自然に恵まれた国であるにもかかわらず、一番肝心な「人」という面で劣りがあることが残念で仕方ありません。日本人の「内面」が上向きになれば、日本はこれからもっと素晴らしい国になることでしょう。



2007年04月02日 Opinion トラックバック:1 コメント:2

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