How to Set Up Business 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 Act which sets forth the minimum standards on working conditions; the Industrial Safety and Health Act which sets forth the minimum standards on working conditions regarding health and safety; and the Minimum Wage Act. 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.

Section4. Human Resource Management

Samples of forms businesses are required to submit to authorities *Example

No. Section Form English Japanese
21 4-3a Notice of Employment English/JapanesePDF file(540KB) 
22 4-3b Employment Agreement EnglishPDF file(127KB) * JapanesePDF file(360KB) *
23 4-5 Notification of Agreement on Overtime work Working on Holidays EnglishPDF file(586KB) * JapanesePDF file(531KB) *
24 4-6 The Model Rules of Employment EnglishPDF file(1.0MB) JapanesePDF file(1.1MB)
25 4-9a Notification of Acquisition of Employment Insurance Qualification EnglishPDF file(295KB) * JapanesePDF file(363KB) *
26 4-9b Notification of the Acquisition of Health insuranceQualificationEmployees' PensionInsurance Qualification EnglishPDF file(503KB) * JapanesePDF file(630KB) *
27 4-9c Labor insurance Estimated insurance premiums / Increased estimated insurance premiums / Final insurance premiums Declaration EnglishPDF file(560KB) * JapanesePDF file(1.0MB) *
28 4-9d Basic amount for calculation of monthlyremuneration of person insured Health insurance Employees' pensioninsurance EnglishPDF file(607KB) * JapanesePDF file(843KB) *
29 4-9e Notification of Dependent Under Health Insurance (Change) EnglishPDF file(617KB) * JapanesePDF file(807KB) *
30 4-9f Notification of the Establishment of a Labor Insurance Relationship EnglishPDF file(613KB)  JapanesePDF file(943KB) *
31 4-9g Notice of establishment of the business place to which employment insurance is applied EnglishPDF file(311KB)  JapanesePDF file(328KB) *
32 4-9h Notice of New Application Health insurance Welfare pension insurance EnglishPDF file(508KB) * JapanesePDF file(705KB) *

These sample application forms indicate the essential points and descriptive examples of registration, visa, taxation, and personnel and labor affairs that are necessary when a foreign company establishes a corporation etc. in Japan. These documents are not published by competent authorities and therefore are not official. Therefore, when going through the official procedures consult a specialist or download the official documents from the competent authorities.

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