Labor Update Bulletin #65 (07/2019)

labor bulletin 2018This bulletin contains information on law changes, government discussions, 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...

  • 50% of elderly household income from pensions only - MHWL survey;

  • A summer vacation for teachers? MEXT gives notice of reduction in workloads;

  • Foreign nationals living in Japan top 2% for the first time - 15% increase in Shimane and Kagoshima;

  • Male employee at ASICS sues company over "paternity harassment" claiming that transfer order on first day back from childcare leave is unfair;

  • "Failure to recognize same-sex marriage is unconstitutional" - gay couple sues national government;

  • Disparity with regular employees (no allowances paid to contract workers) is unreasonable, Superior Court acknowledges;

  • 50% of labor income goes to top 10% of workers - worldwide inequality becomes apparent;

  • Kyokai Kenpo (medical insurance for employees at small- and mid-size businesses) shows biggest surplus ever;

  • Total earnings average just over 275,000 yen; decreases year-on-year for the fifth month in a row;

  • Nagano Prefectural BOE eliminates "sex" field from high-school applications in consideration of sexual minorities;

  • And more!

(Translated from Japanese)

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