Labor Update Bulletin #9 (06/2017)

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 government proposes raising the age of retirement to 65
• The government also proposes outsourcing labor standards inspection to the private sector
• The MHLW begins to name and shame businesses charged with illegal overtime
• Families of karoshi victims petition to regulate overtime for teachers in public schools
• Echizen city in Fukui Prefecture removes "sex" field from civil servant employment examinations
• The MHLW considers a "buffer" between working days to prevent endless working
• An AEON-associated company is ordered to pay overtime to a security guard who was napping at work (the company argued that sleeping at work was not work; the security guard was expected to work 24-hour shifts)
• A supermarket accused of forcing employees to work more than 100 hours of overtime has been put on trial


(Translated from Japanese)

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