Japan’s labor laws have made several several distinct steps forward since the Meiji Restoration of 1868, with workers gradually gaining a degree of protection from the exploitation of business owners and managers. However, the era of Shinzo Abe has been characterized not only by a failure to progress further, but by a distinct step backwards.
A roundup of the most significant news stories from Japan reported in the first half of December 2019.
Business consultant Andrew Abbey joins What’s the Rumpus to discuss the cultural features that make working in Japan something special.
Hifumi Okunuki, President of the Tokyo General Union (Tozen), discusses the unwillingness of Japanese policymakers to protect Japanese employees from death by overwork. A report by contributing videographer Sam King.