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Minimum Wage

The national minimum wage in Japan is based on location. However, the minimum hourly wage for Tokyo is 1,072 JPY, Osaka is 931 JPY increased to 961 JPY in April 2023, and Kyoto is 882 JPY.

Working Hours

Standard Working Hours

In Japan, the standard work week consists of 40 hours, spread over 5 days, each lasting 8 hours. Additionally, working hours can be flexibly organized as long as the overall weekly total does not exceed the standard 40 hours.

For employees working for over 6 hours daily, it is obligatory to provide a rest break of a minimum of 45 minutes – and this extends to 60 minutes if their daily work hours extend to 8 hours or more. Additionally, each employee must be granted at least one day of rest per week.


Overtime labour is allowed but necessitates additional compensation. As per Japanese regulations, the initial 60 hours of overtime performed within a month should be compensated at a minimum rate of 125% of the employee’s standard hourly wage. Any further hours worked must be rewarded at a rate of 150%.


It is mandatory for employers to pay employees in Japan at least once a month. Payments are issued at the 25th of each calendar month.


Paid time off

Paid leave in Japan is dependant on the duration of employment as stipulated in the employment agreement.

Sick Pay

There are no statutory regulations pertaining to sick pay, it is the responsibility of the employer to establish suitable guidelines determining both the amount and duration of sick pay for employees. Employers are also required to specify a maximum timeframe within which employees must resume work to avoid termination.

In cases where an employee’s absence from work results from a work-related injury, they are entitled to a legally mandated allowance equal to 60% of their standard wages, which is to be provided by the employer.

Maternity Leave

Every woman employed is entitled to maternity benefits, which include 14 weeks of paid leave. This period covers 6 weeks preceding the expected due date and an additional 8 weeks post-birth. The maternity allowance is administered by the Social Insurance and is calculated based on the prevailing National Health Insurance rates, currently set at 420,000 JPY per child.

Paternity Leave

Fathers are eligible for paid paternity leave, referred to as “childcare leave,” for a period of up to 1 year following the birth. New fathers in Japan are entitled to this benefit, however, during this leave the employee does not receive a salary unless specified in the employment agreement. Instead, they are eligible for a partial allowance provided through social security.


Termination of Employment

The termination procedure differs depending on the terms set in the employment contract and collective agreement. It depends on factors like the contract type, job position, geographic location, and the cause for termination.

Japan does not have legal mandates for severance pay. As a result of the strict constraints on the employer’s ability to terminate an employee, many employers provide a severance payment in return for the employee’s waiver of rights and voluntary resignation.

Notice Period

In Italy, the notice period varies depending on whether the termination is initiated by the employer or the employee. The length of the notice period is determined by the relevant National Collective Bargaining Agreement (NCBA), the duration of the employment, and the classification of the employee.

Probation Period

The probationary period for permanent employees in Japan is usually a period from 3 to 6 months.


Prior to their arrival in Japan, foreign nationals seeking employment in the country must obtain a work visa through their local Japanese embassy or consulate. Various categories of residence visas are available, each permitting the holder to work exclusively in the specified industry.


The standard rate of VAT in Japan is 10.00%.

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