Overtime Work Measures in Japan


lMinistry of Health, Labor and Welfare takes overtime seriously and recently, the control of the labor standards inspection office is getting strict in Japan.



lEmployers are required to monitor track of employee’s working hours because the level of tiredness is commonly estimated by overtime work hours.


ØRelationship between overtime work hours and brain / heart disease;

²        >100 hrs, within 1 month          Strong relationship!!

²        >80 hrs, within 2-6 months         Strong relationship

²        >45 hrs                         Relationship exists

²        <45hrs, within 6months           Weak relationship



l It is the company’s responsibility to acknowledge employees’ health situation and excessive working hours.