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Japan: Labour & Employment 2016

There have been several recent updates to labour and employment law in Japan – including the law to promote women in the workplace, which came into force as of 1 April 2016 and aims to counteract a decreasing workforce in the country by encouraging female participation in business. The Working Youth Welfare Act, meanwhile, aims to address the widespread practice of hiring large numbers of young employees and then forcing them to work excessive amounts of overtime, mostly without overtime pay. In this developing sector, six practitioners stand out for their ability to navigate the many laws, practices and amendments. 

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune achieves three listings in this chapter demonstrating its strong practice in the field. Kazutoshi Kakuyama specialises in labour and employment law and is described as a “skilful negotiator” who “adds value to his clients’ matters”. Hideki Thurgood Kanoh advises employers on collective bargaining issues, individual employment matters such as dismissals and disciplinary actions, as well as benefits and pension plans. He is also noted for his work in the area of dispute resolution and has a “great track record” defending cases on behalf of companies. Nobuhito Sawasaki is a “stellar practitioner” who is considered “a top choice” for labour disputes, as well as matters concerning redundancy processes, working rules and employee benefits schemes.

Masaru Anzai at Anzai Inoue Toi Law Offices is a “dedicated lawyer” who provides “comprehensive advice” in relation to labour law matters.

At TMI Associates, Motoi Fujii stands out for his “tailored advice” and “innovative solutions” to matters, including labour tribunals and collective bargaining.

Ushijima & Partners is represented by founding partner Shin Ushijima. He is described as being “attuned to clients’ needs” and clients benefit from his “vast experience” in the field.

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