Labor Update Bulletin #152

Nov 18, 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…

  • Expanded assistance for pay raises and re-skilling: MHWL supplementary budget proposal
  • Overtime work hours “falsified” from 130 to 78 hours: teacher complains
  • Musk fires 3,700 employees, half of Twitter staff; large corporations reported to be stopping advertisements
  • Club activities are “work time”, private school admits, paying sports coach \1.85 million settlement
  • Rate of taking paid leave 58.3% in 2021–slight increase, but still far from government goal: MHWL
  • Global employment to “deteriorate significantly” in growth in 4th quarter; monetary tightening has effect: ILO
  • LGBT, etc., couples to gain public recognition: Tokyo begins “partnership” system
  • Increasing number of companies paying “inflation allowances” to deal with rising prices and hold on to personnel
  • Keidanren chair Tokura says “focus on base pay raises” for wage increases: proposed policy based on high prices–2023 Shunto
  • Real wages shrink by 1.3%–down in September for the sixth month in a row
  • In Finland, men’s and women’s work hours equal for the first time

And more!

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