Labour Update Bulletin #156

Jan 17, 2023

This bulletin contains information on law changes that have either passed, or are being discussed, in parliament, court decisions, and other labor issues in Japan that are of interest to activists.

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In this bulletin:

  • Gov’t. decides in Cabinet on budget with total expenditures of 114 trillion: largest ever due to increase in defense spending
  • Discretionary labor system to require consent: “specialist type” starting in 2024
  • Leave Support Benefit and Emergency Employment Stability Subsidies to end at the end of this fiscal year
  • “Fired if you get pregnant” remarks experienced by one in four technical interns: Immigration Agency study
  • Former staff member at Otemon Gakuin set to be granted worker’s compensation: called “rotten orange” and pressured to quit
  • Spain passes bill to let individuals change legal gender by declaration
  • At the start of the new year, prices to go up for more than 7,000 items: sauces, deep-frying batter flour, sweets and snacks, etc.
  • Record number of public school teachers take leave for psychological disorders: long work hours a cause
  • Over 40 percent of teachers have “zero minutes” break time: long hours continue at public schools
  • Single-mother households’ average yearly income 3.73 million, less than half the average of all households with children
  • 2023 to be “a tough year”, with the U.S., China and Europe all seeing a slowdown: IMF head
  • Last October’s welfare applications number 19,700, sixth month in a row of year-on-year increases

And more!

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