HUMAN RESOURCES | Staff Reporter, Japan

Japan QSRs, convenience stores employ housewives amidst labor shortage

The July 2017 ratio of job offers to seekers lies at 1.52 available spots to one job seeker.

According to the Mainichi, fast food giant McDonald's Co. in Japan launched a work experience event on 5 September specifically for housewives to try out becoming part of the crew. Zensho Holdings Co., operator of major beef bowl chain Sukiya Co., has offered day care centers for employees since 2015, and two locations in Ibaraki Prefecture can be used all year around. The company plans to continue increasing the number of day care centers.

Also, convenient store companies such as Family Mart Co., Seven-Eleven Japan Co, and Lawson Inc. are planning to employ housewives to increase labor force.

Per the article, the labor shortage comes from a background of a declining population, and many companies are moving forward with actively hiring the elderly and foreign nationals to lessen the gap.

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