DEBITO.ORG PODCAST DECEMBER 1, 2010: SPECIAL: Speech by Neo Yamashita of EWA Osaka union on your contract labor rights


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Hi Blog.  What follows is a recording the PALE SIG Forum, from our specialist group with in JALT concerned with issues of Professionalism, Administration, and Leadership in Education.  Ancient archives here, current website here.


PALE SIG Forum: Labor relations in Japan

Context: General
Content area: Administration, Management, & Employment Issues
Format: Forum
Language: English

From recruitment through retirement (or dismissal), labor laws, court precedents, and labor unions affect educational workers. Educational workers, especially non-Japanese, however, are not well informed or even misled about this. For example, though Westerners want written contracts, Japanese labor advocates recommend not signing contracts in some cases to protect employment rights. This recommendation is based on labor law and court precedents. Accordingly, labor unions play a more crucial role in protecting worker rights than some think.

Neo Yamashita, Vice Chair of the Education Workers and Amalgamated Union Osaka (EWA), gives us his decades of expertise on November 20, 2010.  Podcast listenable from here. 87 minutes.  No cuts.

Neo Yamashita’s handouts from the day are downloadable from here (eight pages in English), so you can follow along with his speech.

Enjoy and be informed about your labor rights in Japan. Neo Yamashita’s union can be contacted at
Arudou Debito

1 comment on “DEBITO.ORG PODCAST DECEMBER 1, 2010: SPECIAL: Speech by Neo Yamashita of EWA Osaka union on your contract labor rights

  • Is there a Japanese version of Mr. Yamashita’s speech that is readily accessible online?

    Thank you for making the sound file accessible, it has been very helpful for a number of people where I live and work in terms of informing us that we have at least a few basic rights. Until this point, our collective experience is one where institutions seem to be aware of and want to follow labor laws when they favor the employer. Now that there are a significant number of foreigners joining the union, we are hoping to be able to hang on to the work we have now.

    At the moment, a number of instructors in my town are attempting to approach our local union. Unfortunately, our union branch has very little experience and knowledge regarding the rights of teachers. We will direct our union representative the homepage for the EWA as a place to start.

    Any additional links you provide will be appreciated.

    Thank you.


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