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Human Resources – Advocating for flexible, positive, and healthy workplaces

The chair of the EBC Human Resources Committee spoke with Eurobiz Japan about the committee’s activities.

What are some of the issues the committee is working to address?

One of the many issues we’re working to address is the need for employment legislation that encourages the creation of a competitive workforce based on merit and performance. Everyone understands that it’s necessary to adequately protect employees, but employers also need a legal framework within which it is possible to separate from significantly low-performing employees.
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Stricter policies, safer data – Amendments to Japan’s Act on the Protection of Personal Information come into force

As the proportion of our lives that is digitally recorded, processed, and stored continues to rise, so does the need to protect that data and how it is used. A series of amendments to Japan’s Act on the Protection of Personal Information (APPI) came into effect at the start of this month, significantly altering the landscape for companies that collect data from their customers, business partners, or anyone else they interact with.

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Newsflash Alcohol Check (April 2022)

A company making use of vehicles by its employees, officers etc. for business purposes is required to appoint a “safe driving manager” (“SDM“) under the Road Traffic Act of Japan (“RTA“) if the number of vehicles exceeds certain thresholds as described below. Under a recent amendment to the Enforcement Regulations for RTA (“RTA Regulations“), effective since 1 April 2022, a series of new duties have been imposed upon the SDM in relation to controlling and confirming the alcohol level of drivers using vehicles for business.

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Newsflash Update Immigration (April 2022)

Ban on Business Travel from Europe to Japan lifted; Quarantine Requirement for Travelers from Europe with Booster Vaccination abolished (Latest Amendment 1 April 2022)

1. First-time entry from Europe to Japan for business purposes is possible again based on visa and online registration by inviting person/organization in Japan

Travelers from Europe without valid residence status and re-entry permit to Japan need to apply for a visa at the Japanese consulate of their home country.

Short term visa are available for up to three months for business purposes, education/study and family visits. Tourist visa are currently not available.

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Newsletter Labor Law Restructuring Human Resources (April 2022)

An increasingly competitive and cost oriented business environment often requires employers to review and restructure their human resources. Such process may include anything from the revision of salary schemes and compensation conditions to redundancy proceedings or even dismissals. This newsletter highlights some of the legal aspects to be observed when restructuring employment relations, in particular with regard to the adjustment of salary and working hours and the reduction of the company’s workforce.

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