Ruling Bloc, Two Opposition Parties Agree on Revisions to Labor Reform Bill

Politics

Tokyo, May 21 (Jiji Press)--Japan's ruling coalition reached a broad agreement with two opposition parties Monday on revisions to a work style reform bill calling for exempting high-income specialist jobs from overtime regulations, seeking enactment of the legislation during the ongoing session of the Diet, scheduled to end on June 20.

The agreement among the Liberal Democratic Party-Komeito coalition, Nippon Ishin no Kai (the Japan Innovation Party) and the Party of Hope includes the addition of a provision to allow workers to quit as designated professionals with no overtime limit after entering into such specialist contracts.

Another revision calls for large companies' efforts to help their subcontractors prevent their employees from working excessively, such as giving considerations to how to place orders and when to set delivery deadlines.

The ruling bloc plans to put the revised bill to a vote by the Health, Labor and Welfare Committee of the House of Representatives on Wednesday so it can send the legislation to the House of Councillors by the end of this month upon gaining full Lower House approval.

"We'll face a crucial stage in the Lower House this week," Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said at a liaison meeting between the government and the ruling parties on Monday. "As the government moves ahead with a sense of tension, we'd like to have continued support from the ruling parties."

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