Labour Update Bulletin #174

Oct 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:

  • Revisions to Employment Insurance begin: discussions on expanded support for skills training, increases to childcare leave benefit
  • Wage guidelines to improve conditions on construction sites; lowball contracts will be subject to administrative guidance: MLIT
  • Suicide of medical resident at city hospital “caused by long working hours: parents sue city of Itami for 130 million; LSIO grants compensation — Hyogo
  • Moccos Ramen employee sues company, claiming “I asked for improvement, but nothing changed”
  • Lawsuit over firing at Kyushu University of Health and Welfare: school loses, ordered to pay 20 million
  • Piece-rate pay at Sakai ruled illegal: “extra effort not reflected” — District Court branch verdict makes waves in transport industry
  • “Kurokeko DM-Bin” individual contractors form union after given notice of termination
  • Hakodate Bus union files criminal charges against company: “overtime and holiday work without agreement”
  • At listed companies, seishain salaries for women only 70% of men’s: why the gap?
  • Welfare applications up 3.8% in June: MHWL
  • Real wages down 2.5% in July, shrinking for 16th month in row; rate of decrease accelerates
  • Eight in ten term-limited researchers get continued employment: MEXT survey

And more!!

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