Japanese Labor/Employment Law

Course Code: JLL101
Start Date: 2023/1/26 End Date: 2023/3/23 Day: Thurs Time: 19:10-21:30 Hours: 20 Sessions: 8 Semester: Spring, Summer Elective certificate: Human Resources Management, Legal Assistant Studies Medium of Instruction: English Location: Tokyo

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Course Description

The purpose of this course is to provide a guideline for the basic principles of Japanese Labor Laws. Students will look at Case Studies, the Labor Standards Law and related regulations to better understand the universalities and special characteristics of Labor Law in Japan. Main focus will be on Labor Standard Act and Labor Contracts Act. Special focus will be given to formulation and termination of Labor Contracts, and hot topics in today's business and HR Management. This course will be taught from the view point of management. At the end of the course students will understand basic approach to employee issues and be confident to handle them. Students in this course are expected to participate in the group discussion and make a short presentation.

Learning Objectives

1.Basic understanding of Labor standards Act and Labor Contracts Act.
2.Manage employee issues with more confidence.
3.Understand how you mitigate the legal risks and avoid labor disputes.

Who should take this course

Business leaders, Executives, HR Managers, HR specialist/HR Generalist who has at least more than 3 years experience in the field.


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Hayato Yasuzawa

Instructor Biography

Hayato Yasuzawa is a bilingual MBA and executive coach with 20 years' experience in HR management including compensation and benefit, recruiting, talent management and employee relations. He served for 6 years as Group General Manager-HR of North Asia region for one of the world's biggest dairy companies. Before that, he was previously a management consultant at Deloitte Consulting and HR strategy consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He has also worked as a learning and development manager for a global pharmaceutical company. With front-line business experience closely working with both Japanese and foreign senior executives in global companies, he deeply understands the challenges to make a balance between the representation of local markets while meeting requirements from Global Headquarters. He has been working closely with lawyers to mitigate the risks of labor issues in companies. He is very passionate to develop strong HR professionals and business leaders who are keen on creating "a great place to work" for employees in their respective companies. He earned his MBA degree from George Washington University, and LLB from Ritsumeikan University. He is also a graduate of The Columbia Coaching Certification program, Teachers College Columbia University.