Japan Adopts Action Plan for Work Style Reform (News)


Tokyo, March 28 (Jiji Press)—The Japanese government on Tuesday adopted an action plan for its work style reform, including the introduction of an overtime cap of less than 100 hours per month and the promotion of equal pay for equal work.

The action plan was approved at a meeting of the government's Council for the Realization of Work Style Reform.

After a review of the plan by the Labor Policy Council, which advises the labor minister, the government plans to submit a related bill as early as during an expected extraordinary session of the Diet, Japan's parliament, this autumn, with a view to implementing the reform in fiscal 2019.

The action plan calls for limiting overtime work to 45 hours per month and 360 hours per year in principle, while exceptionally allowing monthly overtime of less than 100 hours at busy times, with some additional conditions.

These conditions are that overtime should not exceed 80 hours on average in two to six months and 720 hours annually and that workers will not be allowed to put in monthly overtime in excess of 45 hours for more than six months per year.

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