JILPT Research Eye

A series of labor-related information (evidence) that contributes to the formation of labor policies.

November 13, 2018 updated

Japan’s Employment System and Formation of the “Abuse of the Right to Dismiss” Theory


Keiichiro Hamaguchi

Research Director General

In Japanese labor studies, it is common to think of long-term employment practice as a major characteristic of Japan’s employment system and to position the “abuse of the right to dismiss” theory (Kaiko-ken ranyō hōri) as part of the legal framework supporting it. This perception is not necessarily mistaken, but viewing it too simplistically is not appropriate for the following reasons.

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