Labor Update Bulletin #151

Nov 3, 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…

  • Working situation of housekeepers and other “domestic helpers” to be surveyed: with no upper limit on hours, worries of overwork
  • National Pension (Kokumin Nenkin): extension of pay-in period to 45 years under consideration in order to curb decline in amounts received
  • Hello Work to do unemployment interviews online
  • “The Direction of Legislation for Fair Transactions with Freelancers” 40tober 16, 2022 52nd Labor Policy Council, Employment Environment and Equal Opportunity Subcommittee
  • “To all Small and Mid-size Business Owners: Starting on April 1, 2023, the Rate of Augmented Wage for Overtime Over 60 Hours Per Month will be Increased” MHWL
  • Digital wages to be permitted starting next April: amendments accepted
  • Premium payment period for national pensions to be extended five years, “through age 64”: national government begins deliberations in earnest
  • Illegally long hours, unfairly low overtime pay: unpaid wages to Vietnamese interns at garment company in Ehime may total 17.6 million yen
  • Large-scale demonstrations in France, a few turn violent: higher wages demanded
  • “More than 2 million yen in unpaid overtime”: private high school gets citation from LSIO. Current teacher says “working long hours has become widely considered normal”
  • Japan Post gets LSIO citation in Osaka: overtime unpaid to manager
  • Man commits suicide after not being given application for workers’ compensation: repeatedly told that “the hurdle is high”–lawsuit seeks damages from government
  • Modified working hours system “invalid”: Nagoya District Court verdict in McDonald’s lawsuit
  • Part-timers’ unions demand re-revising of minimum wage: “not keeping pace with inflation”
  • Next year’s Shunto goal to raise wages by “about 5%”: RENGO raises target due to price rises
  • September consumer prices rise by 3.0%, breaking 3% for the first time in 31 years; effects of weak yen felt

And more!
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