Japan

Country overview

An overview of the country, its geography, political make-up, legal system and courts.

Discrimination

Information on discrimination and harassment laws, equal opportunities and equal pay.

Health and safety

Information on health and safety in the workplace including employers’ duties and obligations.

Key legislation and links

Links to primary legislation, useful websites, official forms and guidance and other external resources.

Leave

Information on annual leave, sick leave, maternity, paternity and parental leave, public holidays and other leave.

Other employment law issues

Disciplinary and grievance procedures, internal rules, employment records, transfer of undertakings.

Pensions, social security and taxation

Information on retirement, pensions, income tax, social security and taxation of benefits.

Privacy at work

Information on data protection in the workplace, employee monitoring, surveillance and employee duties of confidentiality.

Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to Japan as reported in our fortnightly newswire 'Dernières nouvelles'.

Remuneration

Information on basic pay, minimum wages, bonuses, employee benefits and rules concerning the payment of wages.

Representation and bargaining

Collective bargaining, employee representation, employer organisations, trade unions, industrial action.

Resourcing

Recruitment, training, employment contracts, post-termination non-compete clauses, varying a contract of employment.

Termination

Terminating employment, notice periods, termination payments and rights to references.

Work and residence permits

Employing foreign nationals, applying for work and residence permits, business visas.

Working time

Standard working time, night work, overtime, rest periods, young workers.