Labor Update Bulletin #42 (09/2018)

labor bulletin 2018This 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...

• Labor Ministry’s guidance for “black companies” results in payment of 44.6 billion yen (!) in unpaid wages;

• MEXT to experiment with AI in English lessons;

• 12,000 club-activity instructors to be assigned to public junior high schools in order to lighten teachers’ workload;

• Increasing dismissals of dispatch workers on the horizon: 3-year limit to arrive at the end of September;

• Man who worked for 12 years as contract employee at Bandai files suit seeking to void his dismissal;

• Workplace abuse of people with disabilities at its highest ever [note: due to greater awareness and reporting] - up 30% from previous year;

• Reuters industry survey: employment of foreigners failing to spread, over 60% negative on unskilled labor;

• “Partner system” to be introduced in Chiba City - same-sex and common-law couples eligible;

• And more!

(Translated from Japanese)

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