Labor Update Bulletin #153

Nov 30, 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 the bulletin…

  • Kosei Nenkin enrollment demanded even for those working less than 20 hours a week: All-Generations Social Security Conference
  • Insurance premiums to be free before and after childbirth
  • Childbirth benefit considered for self-employed and non-regular workers: \20,000-30,000 proposed as measure to combat declining birthrate
  • Technical Intern system to be revised: government sets up expert panel, interim report expected next Spring
  • “Necessary measures were neglected”: husband of teacher who died from overwork sues Fukuoka City
  • Eight Tokai U. lecturers to file joint suit: “let go instead of unlimited contract”
  • Toyo U. Affiliated Junior-Senior High School makes “club-activity advising voluntary”, signs labor agreement–teacher says “really, I need to use the time to prepare lessons”
  • Winter bonuses may increase for second year in a row; experts still say “not catching up with inflation”
  • “Inflation allowances” becoming more common: one in four companies dealing with rising prices
  • October CPI up 3.6%: increase rate highest in 40 years and 8 months
  • More than six in ten married female part-time workers adjust their working hours
  • “Companies raising wages” 85.7%, first increase in three years; average raise \5,828 per month–MHWL

And more!

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