Labor Update Bulletin #51 (01/2019)

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...

• Company size requirement for enrolling in Kosei Nenkin to be relaxed;

• Government to submit bill to Diet creating subsidies to support Ainu;

• Japanese-Brazilians sue Nitto Denko in Mie Prefecture, claiming “disparities between us and regular employees is illegal";

• Librarians’ strike postponed -- negotiations continue;

• "Black Companies” Award for 2018 announced: first prize goes to Mitsubishi Electric, with long hours becoming commonplace and with two cases of overwork suicide;

• 108 years to achieve gender equality? Japan ranks 110th in Gender Gap Index;

• Otsu City to issue residence certificates without “sex” field to support LGBT people;

• Number of people in unions has increased, but rate of membership lowest ever at 17% (MHLW);

• And more!

(Translated from Japanese)

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