Masako Suzuki

For Masako Suzuki's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

| Feb 2, 2014

Post-school life can bring visa complications

After The Japan Times published a Lifelines column on Dec. 15 that focused on visa issues, we received a lot of mail from readers asking about their particular individual situations. We would like to stress that it is always best to have a professional look ...

| May 28, 2013

When can you fight a job transfer?

A foreign reader writes: “My husband is working for a company that has branches in Shinagawa, Narita and Ibaraki. He used to work at the Shinagawa branch, and then he was forced to move to the Narita branch. “The owner of the company only ...

| Sep 11, 2012

Three steps to judging whether a disciplinary measure is legal

An English teacher writes: “Recently, my company placed me on a three-month suspension from work, until five days before my fixed-period employment contract expires. As I am still employed, I cannot claim unemployment benefits, and this lengthy period makes it almost financially prohibitive to ...

| Oct 4, 2011

Unfair dismissal: the legal options

Reader MB was recently fired from a private language school he’d been working at for five years. “No reason was given when this was made known to me — I was, however, asked to teach the remaining four to six weeks of the current ...