Labour Update Bulletin #163

Apr 24, 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:

  • MHWL: “Starting April 1, 2023, The Augmented Wage for Overtime Work Over 60 Hours a Month Will be Increased.”
  • “Abolish Technical Internship, replace it with new system”: gov’t. expert panel
  • To encourage changing jobs, “unemployment benefits” to be revised: speedy payment even after quitting voluntarily
  • Unfair labor practice at Canadian embassy? Staffer not enrolled in Japan’s employment insurance
  • Part-timers get highest raise ever, 5.68%–UA Zensen’s Shunto agreement situation
  • Non-regular staff paid “compensation lower than minimum wage” for one year; city was aware of problem, but ignored it because “it took time to investigate”: Hakodate, Hokkaido
  • At large manufacturing companies, business confidence worsens for fifth quarter in a row: BoJ March Tankan
  • Ibaraki partner oath: prefecture starts taking applications by mail and online
  • Real wages down by 2.6% in February, the 11th month in a row of decreases: wage increases not keeping up with inflation
  • IMF makes downward revisions to prediction for world economy; financial uncertainly raises alert level
  • Japan’s population down 12 years in a row; Okinawa sees decline for first time–last October’s statistics
  • 50,000 agree to legislation to protect LGBT rights; volunteers submit petition to non-partisan Diet members’ group

And more!!

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