Research Area

The Japan Institute for Labour Policy and Training is conducting surveys and research focused on producing valuable insights that assist the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare in planning and pursuing labor policies and initiatives.

Research Area map External Labor Market Internal Labor Market (Corporate) Workers Legislative System External Labor Market × Internal Labor Market External Labor Market × Workers Internal Labor Market × Workers

External Labor Market

Macro market

  • State of employment and unemployment
  • Labor supply and demand
  • Regional Employment
  • Labor Mobility

Micro market

  • Realities of small labor markets fragmented by corporation size, industry, occupation and specific target workers.
  • Strengthening the function of the market, and elimination of mismatches

Economic and industrial policies

Internal Labor Market (Corporate)

Management of employment and working conditions

  • Wages
  • Working hours
  • Working environments
  • Retention of employees in their workforce, and avoidance of dismissal

Human resource management

  • Employment portfolios
  • Management by year of employment
  • Job transfer and relocation
  • Human Resource Development (HRD)
  • Competency appraisal
  • Employee grading system
  • Pay hikes and promotions

Labor-management relations

  • Labor dispute resolutions and labor-management communication
  • Employee representation

Business climate and management measures


Career support in general

  • Career education and counseling support
  • Career independence (Active career development by each individual)

Target-specific issues and support

  • Young people (new graduates, NEETs, etc.)
    NEET stands for “Not in Education, Employment or Training.”
  • The middle-aged
  • Women
  • The elderly
  • Technical or specialist professions
  • Management class
  • Non-regular workers
  • Foreign nationals

Education, childcare, nursing care and pension policies

Legislative System

  • Employment and labor policies
  • Legal framework (labor law, etc.)
  • Mechanism of establishing labor policies
  • Labor-management relations at national and industry level

Trends in the international community and comparison with other countries

New forms of working and new developments at the frontiers of research fields

External Labor Market × Internal Labor Market

  • Mid-career hiring and career-change market, Human Resources Business

External Labor Market × Workers

  • Career guidance and counseling, and competency development
  • Job introduction systems and aptitude testing

Internal Labor Market × Workers

  • Mass hiring of new graduates and mandatory retirement, etc.
  • Type of employment or target specific employment management
  • Work-life balance

Regional communities and households, etc.