Tag - laws



A truck transporting a container parked outside a shipping terminal in Yokohama.
Feb 13, 2024
Japan approves bill to improve labor conditions for truck drivers
The revisions intend to tackle a labor shortage in the logistics industry, known as the "2024 problem."
A Japan Post delivery truck. Certain parcels will take longer to arrive under changes set to begin in April.
BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 31, 2024
Japan Post announces delayed timeframes for express deliveries
The changes come as part of an effort to cope with stricter regulations on truck drivers’ working hours.
The Defense Ministry in Tokyo is one of the places newly added to the list of locations where the acquisition and use of land in nearby areas is subject to tighter regulations.
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 15, 2024
Japan tightens land use rules near six U.S. military facilities
The law encourages scrutiny of land use near designated facilities and the regulation of activities there that could prevent interference of operations in the area.
Disney characters perform on a float during a parade at Tokyo Disneyland in January.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 26, 2023
Court rejects damages claim by ex-Tokyo Disneyland performer
The former performer said she had suffered work-related injuries and that the company had failed to fulfill its duty of care.
Salmon on sale in Sapporo on Dec. 1. The region has been hit hard by a Chinese ban on Japanese seafood products following the release into the ocean of treated, tritium-laced water from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.
JAPAN / Society / Regional Voices: Hokkaido
Dec 15, 2023
Hokkaido to face issues around Rapidus, seafood and '2024 problem'
An influx of foreign residents is expected in Chitose, while China's ban on marine products continues to hurt the region.
Some of the most popular influencers can amass small fortunes before they're 18, but there are few legal protections to ensure their earnings remain their own.
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 12, 2023
Child influencers make big money. Who gets it?
"I’m terrified to share my name because a digital footprint I had no control over exists."
A self-employed Amazon Japan delivery driver (right) who was deemed eligible for workers' compensation holds a news conference in Tokyo on Wednesday.
JAPAN / Society
Oct 5, 2023
Amazon Japan delivery driver eligible for workers' compensation
The outcome could clear the way for other self-employed Amazon delivery drivers to be eligible for compensation and could impact other industries.
Two Japan Sumo Association officials have been sanctioned.
Oct 1, 2023
Sumo association officials punished over harassment claims
The association will suspend Tetsuji Miyata, its administrative affairs chief, for one month, and demote the head of the office in charge of accounting.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida visits a logistics company in Tokyo's Ota Ward on Thursday.
Sep 28, 2023
What is Japan's so-called 2024 problem?
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is turning his attention to a looming challenge: a shortage of truck drivers.
Sanae Takaichi, who retained her post as economic security minister, plans to submit a revised economic security bill that includes a security clearance system during a parliamentary session starting in early 2024.
JAPAN / Politics
Sep 17, 2023
Japan plans to create 'security clearance' system in 2024
Concerns have been growing over missed research and business opportunities overseas due to the lack of clear security protocols.
Members of the Philippines, Japan, South Korea, and U.S. armed forces carry national flags during the opening ceremony of joint military exercises in Taguig, Philippines, in October 2022.
COMMENTARY / Japan / Geoeconomic Briefing
Aug 27, 2023
How Japan can make the most of its latest diplomatic tool
Japan recently decided to establish a policy of Official Security Assistance. But how can it ensure its success?
Koichi Hagiuda (center), the policy chief of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, visits a dispatching agency for foreign trainees in Hanoi and talks to students there last month.
Aug 16, 2023
Illegal practices found at 7,247 firms employing foreign trainees
The most common violations involved breaches of safety rules, with the second most common being unpaid wages.
Japan Times
Jul 18, 2023
Education ministry alarmed by teachers' long working hours
In the education, science and technology white paper for fiscal 2022, which ended in March this year, the ministry stressed that reducing hours is an urgent task.
Japan Times
Jun 7, 2023
Japan's parliament set to pass LGBTQ understanding bill
The ruling and opposition parties have been at odds over the definition of certain words that would affect the practicality of the legislation.
Japan Times
Jun 2, 2023
Government draws up measures to tackle expected 2024 logistics crunch
Large consignors and logistics companies have been asked to submit improvement plans that will ease burdens on truck drivers ahead of a new legal limit on their overtime from April 2024.
Japan Times
May 29, 2023
Tokyo court upholds dismissal of worker at Diamond Princess operator
The former employee of Carnival Japan claimed that the company had not made sufficient efforts to avoid the dismissal of workers, including through using government subsidies.
Japan Times
Apr 19, 2023
Yoshinoya may tap retirees as drivers when overtime cap hits transport industry
The plan comes amid the Japanese logistics industry"s so-called 2024 problem, an expected truck driver shortage due to revised overtime rules.
Japan Times
Mar 31, 2023
Japan's logisticians brace for expected driver shortages
The logistics world is worried about holdups in operations, while new restrictions on overtime may deliver a further blow to an industry already short on truck drivers.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 3, 2023
Google Japan workers form labor union amid fears of job cuts
Members of the union told a reporters on Thursday that they are demanding that Google Japan enter negotiations with the union this month.


Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves