The operator of the mobile carrier “au” will cut millions of customers’ bills to make up for disrupted service last month. Besides the inconvenience of being unable to communicate or receive data, the disruption meant users could not make emergency calls, prompting discussion of technical changes to address such situations.
After a 2021 amendment, the Elderly Employment Stabilization Law calls on companies to make efforts to employ workers until age 70, with the goal of shoring up Japan’s dwindling workforce. Efforts are only mandatory until age 65, but 25 percent of employers are complying by re-employing retirees or abolishing retirement ages.
A court ordered the operator of Tabelog, a popular website that rates restaurants based on aggregated user reviews, to pay 38.4 million yen in compensation to a Korean barbeque chain. The plaintiff claimed Tabelog’s proprietary algorithm automatically downgrades chain restaurants, and that its monthly customers fell by over 5,000 as a result.
Yahoo Japan is a rare Japanese company in that it embraces remote work and flexible schedules, and it is about to loosen its policies further. From April its employees, 90% of whom work remotely, will get more generous commuting allowances for when they need to come to the office –– even when that requires flying. The company’s goal is to diversify its workforce in terms of both location and lifestyle.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Saturday that the government will suspend its tourism promotion program in areas where infections are spreading rapidly. Japan’s COVID-19 cases have reached record levels since the campaign started.
NTT Docomo said on Thursday that it will compensate victims who had money stolen from bank accounts linked to its e-money service. The Executive Vice President admitted that their measures to check users’ identities were insufficient.