Labour Update Bulletin #164

May 7, 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:

  • Foreign “Technical Internship” to be rethought, focus on securing personnel: expert panel urges expanding range of eligible jobs
  • “Reiwa Rincho”: to deal with declining birthrate, conference recommends tax-centered measures to secure funding stability
  • Non-regular public servants’ bonuses: amended law passes
  • Freelance bill passes upper-house cabinet committee unanimously: intended to promote fairness in business
  • Immigration officer assaults Kurdish detainee, gov’t. ordered to pay damages — Tokyo District Court
  • Hokkaido bus company workers to strike on the 25th; union calls out “illegal inspections”
  • Chubu Electric employee’s suicide ruled work-related: boss’s harassment “denied personhood”
  • Izakaya manager commits suicide after 100 hrs. overtime a month; overwork determined to be the cause, company ordered to pay damages
  • Faculty member sues university saying he was “harassed by being removed from teaching classes”; immediately receives notice of firing
  • 10,000 children of foreign nationality found not enrolled in school, or enrollment uncertain: issues for follow-up
  • In 50 years, population to be 87 million, with one in ten a foreign national: birthrate down from previous estimate — MHWL

And more!

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