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OVERTIME

Japan Times
BUSINESS
Apr 1, 2019
Japan debuts legal cap on long work hours under labor reform law, but for now only big firms affected
A labor reform law came into force on Monday, setting a legal cap on long work hours to change Japan's notorious overwork culture blamed for causing sickness and deaths.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 25, 2019
Subaru death-from-overwork probe finds 3,400 staff were not paid overtime for two years
Subaru Corp. on Friday said it did not pay overtime wages over a two-year period to some 3,400 employees who underreported their hours, a revelation that surfaced in an internal probe following the 2016 suicide of an overworked employee.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 29, 2018
Diet enacts key labor reform that opposition slams as 'karōshi promotion' bill
The bill ushers in a legally binding overtime cap and exempts skilled white-collar employees from work-time regulations.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Mar 13, 2018
Japan's overworked and underpaid teachers
The nation's school teachers are in dire need of better working conditions.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / MEDIA MIX
Mar 10, 2018
Japan's labor reform ignores elementary principles
Earlier this month, the Finance Ministry reported that the labor share in the final quarter of calendar year 2017 for companies with capital of more than ¥1 billion was 43.9 percent. That basically means 43.9 percent of these companies’ income went to employees. The Nihon Keizai Shimbun described this portion as being “still stagnant,” implying that Japanese corporations are not paying their workers enough, especially given that they hold a record ¥400 trillion in retained earnings — money that isn’t being used for anything. (In contrast, the labor share for small and medium-sized companies is 70.1 percent.) Corporations aren’t spending this cash because they are afraid demand will continue to deteriorate and that if they increased pay, it would be difficult to decrease it if business went bad. But if workers aren’t being paid enough, they are going to be more reluctant to spend, thus reducing demand and realizing their employers’ fears.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Mar 5, 2018
2016 suicide of Nomura Real Estate worker said caused by overwork under discretionary labor system
The suicide of a Nomura Real Estate Development employee is declared Japan's latest death by overwork as ruling lawmakers push to expand the discretionary labor system the firm abused.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / ANALYSIS
Mar 1, 2018
Abe administration to remove contentious proposal from draft labor reform bill
The drastic policy compromise appears to be intended to minimize damage ahead of a critical leadership election in September.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 19, 2018
Politicians spar over Japan's overtime system after health ministry accused of bending data
Lawmakers grapple over a proposal to expand an overtime work system while the opposition suggests the government deliberately manipulated a 2013 survey.
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 28, 2017
Dentsu to pay employees ¥2.4 billion for overtime work after conviction for labor violations
The advertising giant's move comes after its conviction of labor practice violations related to the overwork-linked suicide of an employee in 2015.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Oct 25, 2017
Cities and prefectures get into the spirit of labor reform
Municipal and prefectural governments across the country plan to adopt their own measures to promote labor reforms for their employees, such as by consigning operations to the private sector to cut overtime and introducing flexible working hours.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Aug 29, 2017
More Japanese apply to be labor inspectors in wake of Dentsu overwork death
Authorities have seen a rise in applications to be labor standards inspectors in the wake of the death of a young female employee of Dentsu Inc. after she worked excessive overtime.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Aug 10, 2017
Doctor's suicide after monthly overtime exceeded 200 hours recognized as work-related
The suicide of an obstetrics and gynecology resident physician in his mid-30s has been recognized by a Tokyo labor office as a work-related death stemming from long hours.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Aug 2, 2017
Toyota eyes expanding number of workers eligible for flexible hours
Toyota Motor Corp. is considering expanding the number of employees eligible for its flexible working hours system and guaranteeing 45 hours of extra work pay a month regardless of actual overtime hours, its officials said Wednesday.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 27, 2017
Ministry probe shows two-thirds of inspected firms violated labor laws in 2016
Two-thirds of companies inspected by the labor ministry in fiscal 2016 for suspected labor violations were found to have broken the law either by forcing employees to work illegal overtime or by failing to carry out measures to ensure their health, the ministry announced Wednesday.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 20, 2017
Protesters in Tokyo slam Rengo for caving on 'zero overtime pay bill' covering skilled workers
About 150 people gathered Wednesday outside the offices of the nation's largest labor federation to protest the government's contentious proposal of adopting merit-based pay for certain highly skilled workers.
JAPAN / Society
Jul 13, 2017
Rengo seeks to amend bill axing white-collar overtime
The country's largest labor union body urged authorities Thursday to add tougher overwork prevention measures when the government moves forward with plans to introduce a merit-based pay system for highly skilled jobs.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / LABOR PAINS
Jun 25, 2017
One woman's suicide shines a harsh light on the plight of Japan's doctors
I think many people hold the following preconceived notions of what it means to be a physician. Doctors, we believe, are:
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jun 23, 2017
Goldman Sachs economist urges crackdown on unpaid overtime to boost Japan's productivity
Japan should crack down on excessive unpaid overtime in order to boost productivity, as the nation's irreversible labor shortage means companies must streamline to cope with fewer people, according to Goldman Sachs Group Inc. chief Japan economist.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jun 14, 2017
Travel agency H.I.S. referred to prosecutors for labor violations
Labor authorities on Wednesday referred H.I.S. Co. and two of the travel agency's senior officials to prosecutors for allegedly forcing employees to work overtime beyond legal limits.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
May 13, 2017
Sustaining momentum key to achieving work-style reform: ILO chief
The work-style reform promoted by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is an important step in reining in excessive overtime, but the real challenge is to sustain long-term momentum, the chief of the International Labor Organization said.

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