Labour Update Bulletin #166

Jun 4, 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 interviews online for those raising children: MHWL
  • “Three-Part Labor Market Reform Policy (Proposed)”, May 16, 2023, New Capitalism Conference
  • Minister consults on improving teachers’ conditions: “overtime pay”, allowances and other points
  • Employment insurance enrollment to broaden in 2028: gov’t. considers relaxing 20-hour requirement
  • Cameroonian man “qualifies as a refugee”: verdict overturns national government’s denial
  • RIKEN says 184 staff members no longer employed, half of those who feared losing jobs; union protests
  • “Firing is invalid”: court orders back-payment of salary to former part-time lecturer — student evaluations
  • Nationwide prices up 3.4% in April, increase rate grows for first time in three months; effects of price hikes in food and accommodation
  • Real wages down 1.8% in 2022, shrinking for first time in 2 years: household budgets tight
  • Number of work accident casualties highest in 20 years
  • Reduction in regular staff conditions accepted by JP union: correcting disparity between regular and non-regular

And more!

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