Labour Update Bulletin #162

Apr 9, 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:

  • Unemployment Insurance enrollment conditions to be loosened; workers previously ineligible will be included — government
  • Tottori U. pays 60 million in additional allowances to teachers at affiliated schools after citation from LSIO
  • “They pressured technical interns to quit the union”: union sues Foreign Technical Internship Organization for “1.1 million in compensation” at Sendai District Court
  • Napping time recognized as “work”: Tsu District Court overturns LSIO decision–Mie
  • JR Tokai ordered to pay compensation over annual leave: “negligent of the obligations of a labor contract”
  • “Illegal” to refuse the five-year rule for teachers: Senshu U. loses case, Supreme Court rejects appeal
  • In Germany, most public transit stopped by strikes over pay
  • Professor’s switch to limited-term contract invalid: university loses Sapporo court case
  • Unpaid overtime for 54 teachers at Hyogo U. of Ed. Affiliated school: LSIO issues citation
  • Shunto wage increase rate 3.80%, highest in 30 years: first tally, RENGO
  • Monthly salary 311,000, highest ever: full-time workers, 2022 statistics
  • World economy to have a “lost decade”, potential growth rate slumps, warns World Bank report
  • Labor shortage to reach over 11 million by 2040, disparity between Tokyo and elsewhere to grow

And More!

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