Currently, the unemployment insurance system classifies workers into two categories general insured workers (ippan hihokensha), who work 30 hours of more per week, and “part-time” insured workers (tanjikan rodo hihokensha), who work 20 hours or more but less than 30 hours per week.
The new system no longer makes a classification based on the category a worker is enrolled in. The two major changes that will commence from October 1, 2007 are:
1. Workers enrolled as “part-time” insured workers will be eligible to receive unemployment benefits sooner in the case of dismissal or corporate layoffs. To qualify they will need to have worked 11 days or more, for 6 months or more, in a 12 month period prior to the date of separation.
2. When ceasing employment voluntarily all insured workers will now need to have worked 11 days or more, for 12 months in a 2 year period prior to the date of separation to qualify for unemployment benefits.
Eligibility criteria does change, the above information is a guide only. For further detailed information concerning eligibility contact the Hello Work office in your area.
Eligibility for unemployment insurance benefits to change from October 1, 2007
Changes to eligibility for unemployment benefits – October, 2007