Mar 25, 2017

84% of Japan's top companies rethinking their working hours

Seventy-two of 86 major Japanese companies are changing or re-examining their working hours, a survey on work-style reforms revealed Friday. The survey by Jiji Press found that tackling the issue is a pressing challenge for corporate Japan. The rethink was spurred by recent revelations ...

Mar 17, 2017

Step to trim overtime falls short

A new legal cap on overtime will hardly serve as a guarantee to stop the excessively long work hours from causing the deaths and suicides of overworked employees.

/ Mar 15, 2017

Panasonic accused of illegally overworking employee

Labor authorities on Wednesday filed a complaint with public prosecutors against Panasonic Corp., alleging the company forced an employee to work illegally long hours. The electronics-maker and two senior officials in charge of its labor management are suspected of forcing the employee to work ...

Japan panel proposes capping overtime at 720 hours a year

Feb 15, 2017

Japan panel proposes capping overtime at 720 hours a year

The secretariat of the government’s work reform council has put forward a draft plan to set the legal ceiling on overtime work at 720 hours a year, or 60 hours a month. The government is separately considering setting a monthly overtime limit at 100 ...