Recent news

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

Japan: Whistleblowing Compliance Management System (WCMS)

The Whistleblowing Compliance Management System (WCMS) is now fully operational …

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Japan: Lenovo Japan tells workers to stay home during Tokyo Olympics

To help reduce congestion and prevent work delays in Tokyo during the 2020 summer Olympics, many Japanese companies will be asking employees to work from home or take leave …

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Japan: Work-related injuries and deaths increasing among Japan’s elderly workers

According to latest figures from the Health, Labour and Welfare Ministry, in 2018, 26% of those who were injured or died from work-related accidents were aged 60 or over …

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Japan: Wages fall for a fifth straight month

Over the year to May 2019, gross wages dropped by an average of 0 …

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Japan: Nominal wages in April down 0.1 Pct

Over the year to April 2019, gross wages dropped 0 …

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Japan: Employment rate for Japan’s college graduates close to record high at 97.6% amid labor shortage

The employment rate for job seekers who graduated from Universities in the spring of 2019 has climbed to reach 97 …

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Japan: Male managers in Japan have higher mortality rate than in Europe, study finds

An article published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health reports the results of long-term research into the relative health of male managers aged 35-64 in Japan, South Korea and eight European countries …

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Japan: Company whistleblowing guidelines

Although it has been available in Japanese and English since 2017 the Government’s Consumer Affairs Agency has only recently put the english version of their company whistleblowing guidelines online …

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Japan: Tax treaty with Uruguay

There are growing commercial links between Japan and Uruguay …

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Japan: Trends in the number of visas issued 2018

Chinese visitors accounted for 80% of all visas issued by Japan in 2018 …

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Japan: Real wages down 2.5% in March 2019

Over the year to March 2019, inflation-adjusted real wages in Japan fell 2 …

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Japan: February 2019 real wages dip 1.1 percent year on year

Over the year to February 2019, inflation-adjusted real wages in Japan fell 1 …

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Japan: Government bill on power harassment takes aim at Japan’s workplace woes

A draft Bill to curtail workplace “power harassment” (pawahara) is currently before the National Diet (state parliament) …

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Japan: Annual quota for Japanese working holiday visas offered to Taiwanese to double

With effect from April 2019, the quota for working holiday visas for young Taiwanese adults (aged from 18 to 30) will be increased from the present 5,000 annually to 10,000 …

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Japan: “Status one” and “status two” visa system guidance is now available

Detailed guidance is now available from the government about the employment of foreign workers under the new “status one” and “status two” visa system that starts next month …

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