Labor Update Bulletin #148 (09/2022)

Oct 2, 2022

This 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…

  • Discussion held on revising social security system: “All-Generations Social Security Reform Headquarters”
  • “Digital wages” to be legal starting as soon as 2023: payment apps, upper limit of \1 million
  • New freelancer protection law to be submitted at special session: pay must be clearly indicated, etc., for fairness in business
  • “Independent contract is fake”: Amazon delivery drivers form union to seek improvement in conditions
  • Prosecutors seek 8-year sentence for Kansai Nama-Kon leaders: “all-out pressure on targeted companies”
  • 60% have incomes under \2 million per year: local government part-time and temporary staff under new system
  • Real wages decline by 1.3% in July, negative growth for four months in a row–“wage growth fails to keep pace with price increases”
  • Teachers’ average monthly hours of overtime work far over supposed limit, at “about 123 hours”, says survey by Rengo Soken
  • 50 million people worldwide are victims of “modern slavery”: U.N.
  • Worldwide recession risk to rise in 2023, as interest rates go up: World Bank

And more!

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