Japan Labour Market Indicators and Policies

Information on labour policy released by Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

  1. Employment Security
  2. Human Resources Development
  3. Labour Standards
  4. Equal Employment
  5. Part-time, Dispatched and Fixed-term Workers
  6. Labour Policy
Annual Health, Labour and Welfare Report 2017 --- Click here
White Paper on the Labour Economy 2017 Summary --- Click here.

In January 2016, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) established the initiative “Future of Work 2035”  - For Everyone to Shine - and created an advisory body consisting of experts and advisors from various sectors including the workers’ and the employers’ organizations. Following a series of consultations and meetings, the National Report was published in August 2016 as the outcome of the National Dialogue.

Please refer to the website of the MHLW.  "Future of Work 2035" - For Everyone to Shine -  Report

Japan’s Labour and Social Security Attorney (Sharoushi) System

-Legal specialist on Labour and Social security –

A “Sharoushi” (Labour and Social Security Attorney) is a legal specialist based on the Act Concerning Labour and Social Security Attorneys (Sharoushi Act) of 1968. The mission of Sharoushi is to contribute to the smooth implementation of labour and social security related laws as well as to the welfare of employees and the sound growth of industries.” The major functions of“Sharoushi” are (1) complementary role to the Government, (2) advisory function to SMEs, (3) contribution to the stability of Industrial Relations, (4) fostering decent working conditions.
For further information, please see the Sharoushi Concept Note. --- click here.

Plan to Realize the Dynamic Engagement of All Citizens

Japan needs to tackle challenges of the structural issue of declining birthrate and aging population.  Aiming at building upon the policies toward a positive cycle of growth and distribution and realizing an inclusive society for all, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has introduced three targets called three arrows: a robust economy that gives rise to hope; dream-weaving childcare supports; and social security that provides reassurance. 

Toward the formulation of the plan, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has started the National council for promoting the dynamic engagement of all citizens, requesting for participation of 15 experts from a variety of fields, such as social welfare, sports, academia and business, and asked them to propose ideas concerning measures necessary to realize the plan. 

On 2nd June, 2016, the Cabinet decided “The Japan’s Plan for Dynamic Engagement of All Citizens.”  As for the Summary document, please visit the website of Prime Minister of Japan and His Cabinet.  Click here. 

Economic Policies

  • Growth Strategies towards the reinvigoration of the Japanese Economy (Abenomics)

Since taking office in December 2012, the former Prime Minister of Japan, Mr. Shinzo Abe, has been working to revive the economy, which has been sluggish for more than two decades, by simultaneously implementing the policy mix of "three arrows" consisting of (i) aggressive monetary policy to dispel the deflationary mindset; (ii) flexible fiscal policy to ignite the dampened economy; and (iii) new growth strategy to restore the confidence of business and people, and translate the "expectation" into the "action."  In September 2020, the new cabinet headed by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga was formed, and he expresses that his cabinet will continue with the economic strategy of “Abenomics”  "Abenomics" (published in January 2018) 》 Click here.