During this seminar, participants will preview the critical legislations governing Japanese employment and social contracts


As the business environment in Europe has deteriorated tremendously and the picture in the United States is also not so sanguine, the focus of global commerce has now shifted to Asia. As the third largest economy in the world, and one of the only two Asian members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) which represents 34 of the most developed nations, Japan is one of the lynchpins of the economic stability in the region.

A country lesser understood than known in terms of its business environment and its governing frameworks, Japan has undergone many demographic, social, economic and political changes that have direct impact on its business, all of which affects the livelihood of its citizens. Therefore, it is timely to look at the framework within which employment and the labour markets are governed.

At the end of this one day program, participants will be able to state the pertinent and critical legislation governing Japanese employment, as well as be presented with an overview of the country’s historical, cultural, social and legal contexts within social contracts (e.g. employment) operate.


(Face-to-face training with safe distancing and precautionary measures undertaken at our hotel venues which are certified SG Clean. We will continue to adopt a small class size for all our courses)

Course Details: 


• To present an overview of the country’s historical, cultural, social and legal contexts within which social contracts, which include employment contracts, operate.

• To highlight the pertinent and critical legislations governing the world of employment in the country.


I. Legal framework.

II. Historical basis.

III. Evolution of labour standards.

IV. Culture

• Some unique features
• Influence on social contracts

V. Some key indicators.

VI. The labour market and some statistics.

VII. Key economic indicators.

VIII. Labour Laws - some pertinent issues and legislations such as:

• Labour contract
• Insurances
• Dismissal and legal requirements
• Overtime work
• Regular versus non-regular employment
• Discrimination and redress
• Penalties for violations

IX. Case studies of controversy.

X. Brief overview of Industrial Relations

• Brief history of labour movement
• Governing legislation
• Some pertinent statistics

Who should attend

• HR Managers.

• Executives.

• Officers.

• Anyone who deal with or will be handling HR/employment matters in Japan.


Jennifer Chan has more than 30 years of experience in Human Resource Management as Generalist at Senior Director’s level. She has been in Senior Management in the HR Department of various industries both in SMEs and MNCs as in Manufacturing, Constructions, Services, Pharmaceutical. She has been helming regional roles as Executive Director (HR) for MNCs for the last 15 years for countries in the Asia Pacific region. She has hands-on regional experience and exposure in Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), HR Law, Strategic and Operational HR, Outsource Placement, Career transition, Consultancy services, Shared Services, Change Management, Talent Management and Retention, Succession Planning, Manpower Planning and Budgeting, Performance Management, HR Policies and Procedures, Training and Organization Development, Salary Bench-marking and Job Leveling, C&B, Employee Relations and Engagement, Coaching, Mentoring, Recognition and Rewards, Recruitment and Staffing, Project Management, Expatriate Management, Work Life Balance (WLB) and Welfare.

Jennifer has conducted series of HR workshops in the Asia Pacific region. She has been actively participating in seminars, short courses, as invited guest speaking on HR related topic for the regions. Jennifer holds a Diploma in Personnel Management and also possesses an Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA).

Administrative Details:

Scheduled Dates

• Date to be advised  (11th Run)

Duration / Venue

• One day

• 9 am to 5:30 pm

• Hotel seminar room


A Certificate of Attendance will be awarded at the end of the course.



• S$ 918.00 w/GST ($850.00) for Community

• S$ 950.40 w/GST ($880.00) for Non-Subscribers


• Coffee & tea with snacks during the morning and afternoon breaks

• Buffet lunch with vegetarian & halal options


Past Participants:

Past Participants' Comments

• "The content was practical and fulfill the expectations I had on the course."

• "The topics and discussion w​ere really helpful in understanding ​employment laws in Japan and ​the ​Japanese​ work culture and practices​."​

Past Participant Organisations

• Ashland Singapore Pte Ltd, Aberdeen Asset Management Asia Ltd, Aeroflex Asia Limited, AETN Asia Pte Ltd, ARA Management Pte Ltd, Alexander Mann BPO Solutions (Singapore) Pte Ltd, Almac Pharmaceutical Services Pte Ltd, Amazon Web Services Singapore Private Limited

• Brunel International South East Asia Pte Ltd, Booking.com Singapore, Bystronic Pte Ltd

• Covance (Asia) Pte Ltd, Chem-Trend Singapore Pte Ltd, CommScope Solutions Singapore Pte Ltd, Criteo Singapore Pte. Ltd, CapitaLand Shared Services Pte Ltd, Clearstream Banking S.A., Cocoba Pte Ltd

• Digital Investment Management Pte Ltd, DEUTZ Asia-Pacific Pte Ltd

• Everett Charles Technologies

• Flexlink Systems Pte Ltd

• Groz-Beckert East Asia LLP, GIC Private Limited

• ICD Security Solutions Pte Ltd

• JDS Uniphase Singapore Pte Ltd, JDA Software Asia Pte Ltd

• Koch Business Solutions - Asia Pacific, Konecranes, Kester Components Pte Ltd, KUKA Robot Automation (M) Sdn. Bhd

• LEGO Singapore, LinkedIn Singapore Pte Ltd

• Mapletree Investments Pte Ltd, Marriott International Customer Engagement Centre

• Nutanix Singapore Pte Ltd

• Oculus

• Panasonic Avionics Corporation, PayPal, Palfinger Asia Pacific Pte Ltd

• Rolls-Royce Singapore Pte Ltd, Redwood Interior Pte Ltd

• Servicenow, SITA Information Networking Computing (Asia Pacific) Pte Ltd, Singapore Tourism Board, Saxo Capital Markets Pte Ltd

• Tata Communications, TripAdvisor Singapore, TriQuint International Pte Ltd

• Zendesk Singapore Pte Ltd