Navigating employment issues in Japan amid the COVID-19 pandemic

This note addresses some of the questions employers are asking about their obligations to employees in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The measures that businesses can take to manage their employees depends on several factors, such as the employee’s form of employment (e.g. permanent employee or not) and employment agreement and the Company’s work rules and other rules. The following general comments should therefore be considered carefully against your company’s particular circumstances.

Government guidance relating to employees in Japan can be found on the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare’s website here (in Japanese only).

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