Investing in Japan
Laws & Regulations on Setting Up Business in Japan
Section 4. Human Resource Management
4.1 Application of laws
Japan has a number of laws pertaining to labor and the protection of workers. These include: the Labor Standards Law which sets forth the minimum standards on working conditions; the Industrial Safety and Health Law which sets forth the minimum standards on working conditions regarding health and safety; and the Minimum Wage Law. These laws apply in principle to all enterprises in Japan, regardless of whether the employer is Japanese or foreign, or the company is a foreign or Japanese-registered corporation. They also apply to foreign workers in Japan provided that the foreign workers meet the definition of workers under these laws.