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2021

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2020

Newsflash Subsidies for Employers related to COVID-19 (May 2020)

To alleviate the financial burden of employers in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Japanese government has decided to subsidize certain employment related cost-reduction measures which may contribute to the avoidance of dismissals. In this Newsflash we describe the main measures for which employers may obtain governmental subsidies.

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2019

Newsletter Labor Law Work-Style Reform (January 2019)

After a number of prominent fatalities that have been linked to excessive working hours at some of Japan’s largest corporations in 2015 / 2016 and increasing public pressure, the government initiated a so-called “Work-Style Reform”. The reform aims at reducing excessive overtime hours of employees in order to prevent stress-induced illnesses and nourish a more balanced work-life culture. At the same time, the government strives to bring more flexibility to the labor market and increase productivity as Japan is facing an unprecedented socio-economic challenge with its aging population and shrinking labor force.

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2018

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