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 2020 --- Click here
White Paper on the Labour Economy 2019 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.

Economic Policies

  •  New form of capitalism
In October 2021, the new cabinet headed by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida was formed.  His cabinet has set forth "a new form of capitalism" through a virtuous cycle of growth and distribution as its economic policies, while continuing with the economic strategy of “Abenomics”.

The specific strategy to achieve this is to widely distribute the wealth gained from economic growth to the middle class, and through raising incomes, to stimulate consumer spending, which accounts for more than half of GDP.

With the impact of the COVID-19 is still prolonged, it is also important to extend continuous support to individuals and businesses that have been severely affected, as well as to take thorough infection control measures and normalize socioeconomic activities as soon as possible.
For further information, please visit the website of : Prime Minister of Japan and His Cabinet