To counteract the declining birthrate in conjunction with the shrinking labor pool as Baby Boomers retire, the Japanese Cabinet Office is progressively encouraging a work-life balance.
Although the government cannot mandate firms to consider child-raising support measures and people’s attitudes toward family life, corporations can see the writing on the wall: Make it easy for women to work after the birth of a child or watch Japan’s labor force and economic might bleed to death.
At present, less than one in five children under five years of age are in childcare. The one’s that are may not be there because the mother works; it may be due to the mother wanting time to herself.
While there are opportunities for licensed (60%) or unlicensed (40%) childcare centers, there is another related opportunity which will find acceptance in Japan quite soon. That area is in job sharing.
To be in front of the curve, you could set up a job share portal site in Japanese. This could include teleseminars, uploaded videos and ebook which outline the benefits of such a system to both employees and employers.
Many women, after childbirth, want to return to work but not without the consistent overtime and travel. Dividing the workload amongst people who have retired, could boost the prospects of a company remaining competitive despite a labor shortfall.