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Japan trucking industry facing workforce crisis?

Japan’s trucking workforce is expected to be 36 per cent smaller than required in 2030 according to a new report

A report released by the Nomura Research Institute has estimated Japan will have 36 per cent fewer truck drivers than needed to meet the nation’s logistical demands by as soon as 2030, as the country both battles an aging population and comes to grips with new industry reforms.

An overtime limit of roughly 18 hours per week was introduced in April under pressure to improve working conditions amid a labour shortage.

The limit was implemented in order to prevent overworking, however there are rising concerns it could also result in a drop of transport delivery capacity and rising fees charged to shoppers.

There were 660,000 truck drivers employed in Japan in 2020, however the report estimates that number will drop to 480,000 by 2030.

The reduction of workers is also expected to have potentially serious economic effects according to the institute, which states on its report that transportation costs could rise 34 per cent between 2022 and 2030.

This dramatic increase is expected to occur due to a combination of higher wages for drivers, rising fuel costs and driver shortage.

This introduction over shorter overtime limits and resulting drop in delivery capacity throughout the industry has been labelled ‘the 2024 problem’.

“It will be necessary to improve the efficiency of logistics in order to avoid serious economic effects,” Nomura Research Institute logistics consulting manager Kazukayi Kobayashi says.

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