Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called Tuesday for “speed and action” in formulating recommendations for reforming Japan’s working practices at the inaugural meeting of a panel on the matter.
The panel of cabinet ministers and experts from the private sector, chaired by Abe, plans to compile its proposals by March.
“Having considered the legislation and policy necessary to reform working practices, I hope for the panel to compile a concrete action plan within the current fiscal year and submit a relevant bill to the Diet with a sense of urgency,” Abe said at the meeting.
Abe said the panel will prioritize the issues of equal work for equal pay, increasing wages and productivity, and addressing the causes of long working hours.
It will also examine telecommuting and other flexible working styles, subcontracting, employing older workers, and enabling workers to balance jobs with the demands of childcare, caring for elderly parents and dealing with chronic illness, the premier said.
In a reference to the gulf in working conditions and job security between Japan’s regular and irregular workers, Abe promised Monday in a policy speech opening an extraordinary Diet session to “eradicate the word ‘irregular worker’ from this country.”
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