Japan Labor Issues
Aims and Scope

Aims and Scope

As change affects our societies in various forms—ongoing globalization, shifts in demographic structure, and new waves of information technology—it prompts new scenarios in industrial structure, corporate organizations and activities, labor-management relations, and the ways that people work. While the forms and outcomes of these changes differ across the nations and regions of the world, we must invariably face their effects. Particularly in the field of labor, there are key issues that need to be addressed as we develop our labor policies, such as the redefinition of labor law, reform in labor markets, renewed recognition of systems for representing workers, and problems related to immigration.

At the Japan Institute for Labour Policy and Training, we have pursued research that has investigated the changes in the world of work in Japan across the years. Amid the aforementioned social changes, it is becoming increasingly difficult to envisage how the Japanese employment system will develop in the future. Japan Labor Issues keeps up to date with the labor issues that Japan currently faces, presenting new developments in labor in Japan through news articles that introduce the latest issues, as well as conventional research papers. Japan Labor Issues reflects our hope that readers will look to it to answer their questions, such as what factors lie at the heart of labor problems in Japan, what kinds of shifts are occurring in our employment systems, or how policies are responding to such issues. It will offer timely information and deeper insights into the state of labor to anyone with an interest in labor issues, wherever they may be in the world.

*Japan Labor Issues has succeeded Japan Labor Review, a quarterly published from 2004 until 2017 (Volume 14, Number 1).


The journal introduces Japan’s recent developments in the field of labor through news articles and commentaries as well as the latest research results and analysis to a global audience. In special features, it provides significant research papers selected by the Editorial Office and reports presented by researchers from Asian countries and regions at international seminars held at JILPT.

  • "Trends" addresses the key points in Japanese labor issues and recent developments in labor policy.
  • "Research" introduces papers covering research in the field of labor.
  • "Judgments and Orders" introduces major judicial precedents related to labor and commentary on them.
  • "Series: Japan's Employment System and Public Policy" systematically outlines the basis of labor situation in Japan and its analysis.
  • "Statistical Indicators" presents the current state of Japan's economy and labor.
  • Special feature on research papers introduces significant papers selected by the Editorial Office of Japan Labor Issues from various relevant papers. These papers address the latest subjects as well as conventional themes on labor in Japan.
  • Special feature on seminar reports carries reports submitted to "JILPT Tokyo Comparative Labor Policy Seminar" by promising researchers from Asia-Pacific countries and regions.

Editors / Editorial Board


FUJIMURA Hiroyuki President, The Japan Institute for Labour Policy and Training (JILPT)

Editorial Board (alphabetical order)

AMASE Mitsuji Deputy Research Director General, JILPT
ARAI Eizo Director of Research and Information Service Department, JILPT
HAMAGUCHI Keiichiro Research Director General, JILPT
HORI Yukie Research Director, JILPT
IKEZOE Hirokuni Research Director, JILPT
KOMATSU Kyoko Researcher, JILPT
ONO Akiko Executive Director, Research Director, JILPT
TAKAHASHI Koji Senior Researcher, JILPT
TAKAMI Tomohiro Senior Researcher, JILPT
UEMURA Satoko Senior Research Officer of Research and Information Service Department, JILPT

Editorial Advisors

ARAKI Takashi Professor, The University of Tokyo
OHTA Souichi Professor, Keio University

Editorial Office

International Research Exchange Section
Email: j-emm [at sign] jil.go.jp


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