Labor Update Bulletin #13 (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.


In this bulletin...

• Aiming towards better working conditions in the anime industry, Labor Standards Inspection Offices hold a seminar.

• The MHLW has finalized plans to offer long-term training courses of 1 or 2 years for irregularly-employed workers aiming to acquire national qualifications.

• Public elementary and junior-high schools are short of more than 700 teachers nationwide.

• Labor Standards Inspection Office inspections in Fukui Prefecture find legal violations in 72% of workplaces.

• The labor agreement at Dentsu was found to be "invalid".

• Internal strife looms as Rengo changes course to approve of the "Zero Overtime Pay Law".

• The Bank of Japan's “Sakura Report” shows worry of increased bankruptcies due to labor shortage.

• Debate begins on revising the statute of limitations regarding unpaid-wage claims.

(Translated from Japanese)

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