When the American tax season crunch lightens up, I want to talk more about how recent changes to the Japan Labor Contract act (some prospective, some not) are already being misinterpreted in the foreigner community there. This stuff never ceases, does it?


I’m sure I’ve given the site link before, but here it is.

I particularly want to focus on that key paragraph, which I included in my letter requesting the interlocutory appeal, which the judge sua sponte made into a motion for reconsideration:

This is the exact opposite of what occurs in America. In America, unless you have a contract, the employment relationship is “at will”.

In Japan, unless you have a valid, term-limiting contract, you have a right to the job, and a termination is illegal unless there is a “socially acceptable reason”, which is tightly defined by Japanese law.

Someone asked me, recently, how a contract might not be valid. Well, an obvious reason is if it is not properly executed. But also, if it runs afoul of statutes in the 1947 Labor Standards Law (LSL). Article 13 of the LSL makes that clear.

If a contract meant…

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