Recent news

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

Japan: New freelance law

This law will come into force on 1st November 2024 and apply to all those contracting their freelance services to companies …

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Japan: Current childcare leave benefits

State leave benefits are normally paid until a child turns one year old …

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Japan: Childcare leave ordinance up for consultation

The current draft of this law requires employers to expand flexible working …

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Japan: Four out of ten plan to increase Summer bonuses

The research organization Teikoku Databank has issued its regular survey report concerning Summer bonus trends …

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Japan: Record high personal data leaks

Last year the number of business organisations notifying the Personal Information Protection Commission of a data leak rose to 12,120 – an all-time high …

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Japan: Amended Industrial Safety and Health Regulations

A number of key changes will take effect in April 2025 …

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Japan: Pay hikes in major companies

The latest survey carried out by the Japan Business Federation has discovered that pay increases in the largest enterprises this Spring averaged 19,480 yen, or 5 …

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Japan: Imbalance in the duration of childcare leave

According to a recent survey carried out by the organisation Mynavi, of those taking childcare leave 37 …

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Japan: Attractions of a new employer

The Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry has released results from a recent survey of prospective and new employees that rated the reasons for choosing a particular employer to work for …

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Japan: Revised employment insurance Bill

The revised Bill has been passed by the House of Councilors and will gradually come into force from April 2025 …

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Japan: Pogramme to encourage men to take childcare leave

Yamaguchi Prefecture now offers a grant of 100,000 yen (US$640) per qualifying male employee to any company in their area that declares in an action plan that they seek a “100% childcare leave take-up rate” with a minimum of one month of leave by new fathers …

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Japan: Death from overwork

The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare has begun to approach the head offices of companies where there have been multiple instances of death from overwork …

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Japan: Skilled foreign worker visa program expanded

Four new fields have recently been added for applicants to the Type 1 Specified Skilled Worker (SSW) visa program – namely automotive transport, railways, forestry and lumber …

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Japan: Major firms settle for 5.25%

The first pay deals involving major companies has revealed a general level of agreement, with a new common standard – the biggest change since 2013 …

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Japan: Mandatory background checks

All organisations hiring employees to work with children will soon be required to undertake a background check on applicants …

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