Labor Update Bulletin #11 (07/2017)

This bulletin contains information on law changes that have either passed, or are being discussed, in parliament, court decisions, and other labor issues in Japan.

We hope that some of this information will also be of interest to activists, supporters of the General Union, and those who want to know more about labor issues in Japan.

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In this bulletin...

• The number of births in 2016 dropped below one million for the first time.

• The Ministry of Health, Welfare, and Labor's Labor Policy Council announces that overtime restrictions may come into force as soon as April 2019.

• The Japan Teachers' Union discovers that "irregular" teachers are increasingly taking charge of classes, club activities, and working in "blank" periods.

• Women's employment rate reaches 66% (its highest ever), but the percentage in managerial positions is low.

• Elderly-care facilities will be added to the list of workplaces that can accept foreign technical interns.

• The “Equal pay for equal work” bill is predicted to be submitted this autumn.

• The "Regulatory Reform Implementation Plan" was decided in the Cabinet.


(Translated from Japanese)