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Foreign workers in Japan double in 5 years to record high

THE number of foreign workers in Japan has doubled in the last year, after a government push to hire from overseas in a bid to tackle the country’s dire labour shortages. According to official government figures released Friday, there were 1.46 million foreign workers in Japan, 14.2 percent higher than …

Why Thailand needs more skilled foreign workers

THAILAND needs to attract skilled foreign workers to take up vacancies in the country to overcome a shortage of skilled-workers, especially in the industrial technology sector, a Thai academic said. Sureeporn Phanpueng, a researcher at the Institute for Population and Social Research of Mahidol University revealed that Thailand needs around …

10,000 Vietnamese invited to care for Japan’s elderly

AT least 10,000 caregivers from Vietnam will be welcomed into Japan to look after the nation’s elderly over the next two years due to a severe labour shortage in the aged care industry. Initially 3000 Vietnamese will be invited to come to Japan with government supported financial assistance and language …

8 in 10 middle-aged Japanese aren’t ready to retire

ALMOST 80 percent of workers in their 50s and early 60s want to continue working past the regular retirement age, a new survey has shown. The Meiji Yasuda Institute of Life and Wellness survey found that just 2 in 10 said that they would not continue to work due to …

Latvia, a disappearing nation – POLITICO

Since it joined the EU, the country has lost one-fifth of its population. RIGA — Atis Sjanits has an unusual remit for an ambassador. The Latvian diplomat is not responsible for relations with another nation — but with his own country’s diaspora. Sjanits’ job is to respond to the exodus …