Labor Update Bulletin #26 (01/2018)

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...

• PM Shinzo Abe enthusiastic for “work-style reform” in new-year press conference;

• Starting in 2018, the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Labor will begin working on letting over 20,000 irregularly-employed workers per year obtain government qualifications;

• To relieve the shortage of Labor Standards Inspectors, retired Labor Inspectors to be employed part-time;

• Former Dragon Zakura assistant makes waves in the manga world by claiming overtime pay;

• The Niigata Prefectural Board of Education announced that a female employee in the Upper Secondary Education Department, aged in her 40s, had collapsed on the job and died after 120 hours of overtime;

• And more!


(Translated from Japanese)