JILPT Research Eye

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November 13, 2018 updated

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

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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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