Labor Update Bulletin #65 (07/2019)

Aug 17, 2019

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)