Labor Update Bulletin #12 (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 ongoing “povertization” of Japan’s wage-earners sees net income down by nearly 70,000 yen per month over the past 20 years.

• The number of men taking leave after their wives give birth remains at 56%.

• Emergency measures within the year regarding teachers' work style, including range of duties and pay - Education Minister Hirokazu Matsuno 

• The minimum wage debate begins - a 3% increment is the focus.

• Last year's tax revenue was 55.5 trillion yen - lower than the previous year for the first time in 7 years.

• Household consumption expenditures in May decreased by 0.1% year-on-year, down for the 15th month in a row - Interior Ministry 


(Translated from Japanese)