Although in Japan there are many laws and regulations to protect workers’ rights, some companies are ignorant of the rules or try to take advantage of your lack of knowledge.  We will introduce various topics related to labor issues here so that you can protect yourself.

Avoid Salary Cut

In principle, Employers cannot change labor conditions unilaterally. In other words, companies need to obtain a voluntary consent from their employees to reduce salary. And even if you once gave a consent to the reduction, you are still able to argue the validity of reduction by insisting that the consent was not made voluntarily. Go to this Article.

Avoid Wrongful Termination

If you are employed for indefinite period, you are deemed as a permanent employee (正社員). Under Japanese laws, company cannot easily dismiss permanent employee. Go to this Article

Conversion to Permanent Employment

The rules for conversion to permanent employment were introduced as part of Japanese labor laws in 2013. Many people have heard of this rule, but it is a little difficult to understand when employees actually can apply for the conversion.Go to this Article.


How to apply for Workers’ Compensation

When employees get injured while they are working or commuting to their work places or get ill due to work, it can be regarded as Industrial Accident and they can apply for workers’ compensation called Industrial Accident Compensation Insurance or 労災(Rosai). Rosai covers not only their medical expense but also about 80% of salary while they can’t work due to such injury or disease. GO TO This Article.

Having a Side Job in Japan

Even if you are already hired by a company, you may want to hold a second job to take advantage of your strengths or seek an additional source of income. However, there are some points you should keep in mind when doing side jobs in Japan. Go To This Article