Labor Update Bulletin #133 (2/2022)

Feb 27, 2022

In this bulletin...

  • Japanese language classes for foreign students will count for credit from 2023, says MEXT
  • Unemployment insurance “benefit restriction period” has been shortened to 2 months since October 2020  
  • Call center workers go on strike after multiple COVID infections
  • “ECC Junior” English instructors form union, request collective bargaining  
  • U.S.: seeking improved conditions amid pandemic, more and more move to form unions  
  • Four in ten local governments have “part-time” staff whose hours are 15 minutes short of “full”: Interior Ministry wants changes  
  • Labor share in decline since ‘90s: “vital to build a distribution environment” says Cabinet
  • Same-sex partnership system in Tokyo, as soon as this Autumn  
  • Long-term unemployment: 660,000 each month in 2021–pandemic makes finding work difficult
  • And more!

(Translated from Japanese)