Japan Labor Issues

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As change affects our societies in various forms—ongoing globalization, shifts in demographic structure, and new waves of information technology—it prompts new scenarios in industrial structure, corporate organizations and activities, labor-management relations, and the ways that people work. While the forms and outcomes of these changes differ across the nations and regions of the world, we must invariably face their effects. Particularly in the field of labor, there are key issues that need to be addressed as we develop our labor policies, such as the redefinition of labor law, reform in labor markets, renewed recognition of systems for representing workers, and problems related to immigration. With such challenges ahead, this journal introduces the recent developments in Japan in the field of labor to a global audience.

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Vol.2, No.8, August-September 2018 (Full text PDF:3.15MB)new


The 2nd JILPT Tokyo Comparative Labor Policy Seminar 2018 "Looking back at the policy responses to changes in employment structure and forms―The future as seen from here"

This Special Issue includes papers submitted by 14 promising researchers from Asian countries and regions as country reports, where they introduce their findings on the latest labor policy issues in each country addressing the broad theme of the Seminar.

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  1. Japan's Married Stay-at-Home Mothers in Poverty (PDF:387KB)
    Yanfei ZHOU, Senior Researcher, The Japan Institute for Labour Policy and Training (Japan)
  2. The Dynamics of Minimum Wage in Indonesia’s Manpower System (PDF:246KB)
    Ikomatussuniah, Member of Faculty of Law, University of Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa, Banten Province Indonesia. Vice Chairman of Banten Province's Wage Council (2013-2016 and 2016-2018) (Indonesia)
  3. Wages Policy in the Current Context of Industrial Relation in Vietnam (PDF:265KB)
    Phuong Hien NGUYEN, Associate Professor, Faculty of Economic Law, Hanoi Law University (Vietnam)
  4. A Brief Analysis on the Influence of ICT Change on China's Labor Market (PDF:522KB)
    Xiaomeng ZHOU, Lecturer of Jilin University of Finance and Economics (China)
  5. Employment Contract in Cambodia: A Focus on Rules Transforming Fixed-duration to Undetermined Duration Contract (PDF:203KB)
    Kanharith NOP, Attorney-at-Law, CBL Law Group (Cambodia)
  6. The Policy Responses to Changes in Employment Structure and Forms in Myanmar (PDF:234KB)
    Thatoe Nay NAING, Legal Consultant, SAGA ASIA Consulting Co., LTD. (Myanmar)
  7. Are Long Working Hours in Japan Becoming Invisible? Examining the Effects of ICT-based "Spatial Flexibility" on Workloads (PDF:794KB)
    Tomohiro TAKAMI, Researcher, The Japan Institute for Labour Policy and Training (Japan)
  8. Thailand Policies for the Age of Rapid Technology Change (PDF:225KB)
    Praewa MANPONSRI, Attorney-at-Law, TNY Legal Co., Ltd. (Thailand)
  9. Technological Innovation and Its Challenges to Taiwan’s Employment Law: Telework as an Example (PDF:204KB)
    Bo-Shone FU, Asistant Professor of Law, Department of Labor Relations, National Chung Cheng University (Taiwan)
  10. Changes in Employment Structure in Malaysia: The Way Forward (PDF:445KB)
    Beatrice Fui Yee LIM, Head of Human Resource Economics Program and Senior Lecturer, Universiti Malaysia Sabah (Malaysia)
  11. Narrowing the Gaps among Workers: Changes in Korea (PDF:397KB)
    Sukhwan CHOI, Associate Professor, College of Law, Myongji University (Korea)
  12. The Destiny of Web Platform Workers in China: Employees, Nothing or a "Third Option"? (PDF:659KB)
    Hui YU, PhD Candidate of Law, Renmin University of China, Law School. LLM, Georgetown University (China)
  13. Trade Union Strategy and Responses to Changes in Employment Structure and Forms in India (PDF:439KB)
    Manoranjan DHAL, Associate Professor in Human Resource Management and Organizational Behaviour, Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (India)
  14. A System "On Life Support"? The Changing Employment Landscape and Collective Bargaining in Australia (PDF:342KB)
    Ingrid LANDAU, Lecturer, Department of Business Law and Taxation, Monash Business School, Monash University (Australia)

Entries are arrenged based on the seminar program.

Published on August 24, 2018

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