Japan to keep work hour regulation exemption in planned bills
Jiji -- Mar 02
Japan's upcoming work style reform bills will include a measure to exclude highly paid skilled professionals from working hour regulations as planned, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday.

Abe explained that the government will remove a measure to expand the scope of people covered by the so-called discretionary work system from the legislation, following the discovery of data flaws in a labor ministry survey on such a work style.

But the exemption of specialist jobs from work hour regulations will be maintained, Abe told a House of Councillors Budget Committee meeting.

The government plans to submit the legislation during the current parliamentary session ending in June. It hopes to adopt the legislation at a cabinet meeting as early as mid-March after gaining approval from the ruling bloc of Abe's Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito, government sources said.

Some pundits expected that the government would postpone the submission of the legislation to April or even later so as to grasp the real situation of discretionary labor following the improper data scandal.

News source: Jiji
Sep 18
The number of women aged 65 years old or higher in Japan has topped 20 million for the first time, according to estimates by the internal affairs ministry released Sunday. (Jiji)
Sep 18
Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force says one of its submarines took part in a drill in the South China Sea. (NHK)
Sep 18
The Japanese city of Sapporo has dropped its bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics following a recent earthquake. (Japan Today)
Sep 18
At 6 p.m. on one weekday in August an enthusiastic audience had almost filled Gion Corner, a theater of some 200 seats at the center of the Gion traditional entertainment district in the city of Kyoto. (Japan Times)
Sep 18
Police on Monday sent papers to prosecutors on a 69-year-old taxi driver on a charge of reckless driving resulting in death after his vehicle hit and killed the 45-year-old driver of a hire car in Tokyo's Roppongi district. (Japan Today)
Sep 18
Overseas hackers are thought to have made off with information on Japan's maritime strategy in a March attack on specific people at national universities, which a Nikkei survey has found to be growing targets for their relatively lax security and sensitive knowledge. (Nikkei)
Sep 17
Mos Food Services Inc. <8153> said Saturday that nearly 30 customers of its Mos Burger hamburger restaurants have shown food poisoning symptoms. (Jiji)
Sep 17
Thousands of people in Yamagata City in northern Japan have been getting an early taste of autumn and setting a world record at the same time. (NHK)
Sep 17
The number of one-yen coins in circulation has fallen sharply in Japan, as consumers increasingly choose cashless payments with electronic money or credit cards. (Jiji)
Sep 17
Kirin Kiki, a veteran Japanese film and television actress known for her unique roles, has died at her home in Tokyo, a source close to her said Sunday. She was 75. (Japan Today)