Recent news

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

Japan: Group Governance Systems Guidance

Any parent company based in Japan should now be mindful of the Group Governance Systems Guidance first published this Summer …

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Japan: ‘Don’t tell us what to wear’: Japanese women

The Japanese social media is busy with reactions to a series of reports suggesting some employers insist on strict dress codes only for women …

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Japan: Guideline on dealing with workplace “power harassment”

The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare has developed a guideline on dealing with what it calls workplace “power harassment” …

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Japan: Government seeks to boost employment opportunities for elderly

The government’s Employment Strategic Task Force is reviewing the Employment Stabilization Law for the Elderly …

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Japan: Real wages drop for 7th straight month in July 2019

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

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Japan: Real wages drop for a sixth straight month in June

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

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Japan: New law holds government responsible for teaching Japanese to all foreign residents

The central government has finally enacted a law setting out its responsibilities for Japanese language education for foreign residents …

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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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