Japanese workers put in some of the world’s longest shifts, which has had detrimental effects on their physical and mental well-being. A new bill aims to address the problem by tightening regulations on long hours and addressing workplace inequalities.
Last week, Japan’s Cabinet Office released the country’s second-quarter GDP report. It contains some real surprises, including a notable uptick in consumer spending. But experts and policymakers remain baffled by the country’s flat inflation levels, a serious problem given Japan's massive public debt.
In a recent post, we addressed the subject of what to ask before winding down a legal entity abroad. Here we look at what to expect after you’ve decided to move forward with dissolving an entity, and we explore some real-life examples.
On a recent trip to Vietnam, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer announced that the US won't change its decision to pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Meanwhile, the remaining 11 TPP nations met to discuss the fate of the trade agreement.
Japan’s Ministry of Justice eliminated a longstanding law requiring foreign companies to appoint at least one resident of Japan as a representative director. This is welcome news for multinationals, but there are still substantial benefits associated with employing a local resident as a director.
After years of negotiation, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a massive new trade agreement, was signed in February this year by 12 nations. If it is ratified — a big “if” — it will bring important economic benefits to member nations, which include the US, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Brunei, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Chile and Peru — but not China. At first glance, it may seem surprising that the world’s second-largest economy isn’t participating. But if you take a deeper look at the pact and its requirements, the reasons become clear. They also shed light on China’s ambitions and the other initiatives it is pursuing to support them, even as the future of the TPP itself becomes increasingly cloudy.
This week's Global Glance looks at a workplace spanking incident in China, and a survey showing Asia-Pacific as the new epicenter of the world's rich.
This week's Global Glance looks at the trouble with Japan’s salarymen and the struggles of Japan’s working women.
Welcome back! In this week's Global Glance we take a look at China’s leftover women and surplus men.
A new comprehensive trade agreement could bring big economic benefits to member countries and impose uniform rules governing intellectual property, state protectionism, e-commerce and more. Here's what you need to know.
Welcome back to Global Glance. This week we look at two former Disney tech workers suing the company for immigration violations; what makes an "American" car; and a Hong Kong publisher's vendetta.
In this week's Global Glance we look at how Netflix’s world domination is almost complete, VW’s mounting legal troubles and the latest Big Mac index.