"Societal Reform," For a Truly Rich Society
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When I established the Pasona group 42 years ago, in terms of work style, there were only regular employees and part-time employees. There were inequalities in wages between men and women and inequalities due to the size of the company scale—in other words, inequalities between regular employees. Even now, various social systems and measures are still created on the pretenses of a work style for regular employees at large-scale companies.
However, originally, it is important to create a system that allows people to freely choose their work style, taking into account each person's values and lifestyle. Values and the standards for happiness and wealth are different for each person, so there is no one correct answer. I believe that a society that recognizes more diversity and freedom in work styles, and which respects each way of life, is a "rich society" in the truest meaning.
The Work Style Reform Act was established in June of this year, but now especially we should take a step forward from work style reform as seen from the corporate side and take measures for societal reform, so as to create a truly free and rich society as seen from the eyes of each person.
Creating a System of "Mutual Aid"
One of the key points toward societal reform is a concept that Japan has treasured from long ago—"mutual aid." Even now, the concept of mutual aid continues to exist, such as when farmers in rural areas share produce (that took great effort to grow) with each other at harvest time, when elderly volunteers babysit the kids of young couples in the prime of their lives, or, conversely, when young volunteers take the elderly to places such as the hospital, by car. In this way, each person shares their own talents and abilities, and a "mutual economy" is naturally created from the help shared between societies and communities as a whole. In order to realize societal reform, shining a light on this "spirit of mutual aid" and "mutual economy" should be a major step.
People are born with various dispositions, physical constitutions, and different levels of advantage. We all have different talents that we were born with; for example, someone may be a musical genius, while others may be gifted in math. In today's society, accommodating to those who are disadvantaged is what's considered to be "right" and "kind." Those who are more advantaged in one way should be utilizing their talents and abilities to support those that are differently advantaged. That is the "spirit of mutual aid" in the truest sense—a society where all individuals can put their abilities and talents to work.
A Platform for Societal Reform
In order to realize such a society, the Pasona group established a new company, Job-Hub Co., Ltd. in April of this year. Job-Hub is being developed as a crowdsourcing service that will allow a variety of human resources to register and share their personal skills, while also allowing corporations to recruit the human resources that have the necessary skills.
Job-Hub provides a platform that allows various talented individuals, such as women, seniors, and young people, to be able to put their talents and abilities to work without being limited by location or time. Additionally, Job-Hub is being developed not only for job-matching but as a platform for societal reform, in which measures that support workers are created by society and the community at large.
The "spirit of mutual aid" that Japan has cultivated from ancient times can support people that are working in society at large. I would like to realize a society where a rich life plan can be created through work styles that match each individual's lifestyles, spreading the concept of "old yet new" throughout all of society, also using technology. With this in mind, the Pasona group will continue to work on "societal reform" in the future.