Labor Update Bulletin #140 (5/2022)

May 27, 2022

his 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 general in Japan.

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In this bulletin…

  • Deliberations on making “all workers insured”: All-Generations Social Security
  • Companies to be required to publish wage gap by gender: government to enforce starting in July
  • Teacher working overtime beyond karoshi line? LSIO citation to Saitama private school
  • Have “unpaid doctors” finally been paid? Follow-up investigation demanded from government
  • Compensation ordered for sexual harassment at contracting client company: safety obligations to freelancer
  • Freelancers’ union established: “no-rights situation needs improvement”; “we want to make proposals for national policy”
  • U.S. soccer federation makes “historic” agreement on equal pay for men and women; prize money also to be distributed equally
  • April CPI up 2.1% year-on-year; hits 2% for first time in 13 years
  • Voices of worry over researcher layoffs: 1,672 to reach end of contract at the end of this academic year–effects of limited-term “10-year rule”
  • Just over 26% say “income not back to pre-COVID levels”
  • Public certification for sexual-minority couples: Tochigi to introduce system in September

And more!

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(Translated from Japanese)