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.

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.


Chan Phak Sung has 20 years of experience in regional start-up and leadership Human Capital Development and Management function in Asia-Pacific for Global MNCs such as Canon, Dell Computer, Sony, Air Products and Chemicals, Informatics, etc. He has also had hands-on experience in business development, customer service, corporate training, consulting, M&A. He left Canon where he held three appointments: Regional HR Director; Regional Innovation & Productivity Supervising Director; and Regional Learning & Development Director.

Phak Sung is currently a management consultant helping companies to setup their HR functions and infrastructures; merge their policies and practices when they acquire companies; trouble shoot if they have organizational effectiveness issues; and design and deliver training or workshops such as cross-cultural communication, team building, strategic planning and change management, corporate governance and ethics, leadership skills etc.

He conducted a ten-day series of workshops for the Royal Bhutan Government's Ministries' Heads of HR in strategic planning, strategic staffing, and corporate governance. He was recently the keynote speaker in a forum on Human Capital Analytics in Manila organized by Assessment Analytics International. His topic was Measuring Human Capital Analytics for Business Growth.

Phak Sung lectured at a local institute in Strategic Planning and Change Management in the graduate diploma and diploma programs in Human Capital Management introducing the first ever Corporate Governance and Ethics program and was the only lecturer for this program. He also lectured on International Human Capital Management and Administrative Management for an Australian university's bachelor's degree programs. Phak Sung is currently one of the trainers for HRSINGAPORE's HR Certification Courses.

Phak Sung holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Economics from California State University, USA.

Administrative Details:

Scheduled Dates

• 24 April 2018 - 8th Run 


• One day

• 9 am to 5:30 pm


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


• S$ 850 for Community

• S$ 880 for Non-Subscribers


• Skills Connect WDA Reference CRS-N-0031086.

• Skills Future Credit for Self-Sponsored Singaporeans aged 25 and above.


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

• Buffet lunch with vegetarian & halal options


Past Participants:

Past Participants' Comments

Past Participant Organisations

• Ashland Singapore, Aberdeen Asset Management Asia, Aeroflex Asia, AETN Asia.

• Brunel International South East Asia, Booking.com Singapore.

• Covance (Asia), Chem-Trend Singapore, CommScope Solutions Singapore.

• Digital Investment Management, DEUTZ Asia-Pacific.

• Everett Charles Technologies.

• Groz-Beckert East Asia.

• JDS Uniphase Singapore, JDA Software Asia.

• Koch Business Solutions - Asia Pacific, Konecranes. 

• LEGO Singapore.

• Oculus.

• Panasonic Avionics Corporation, PayPal.

• Rolls-Royce Singapore.

• Servicenow, SITA Information Networking Computing, Singapore Tourism Board.

• Tata Communications, TripAdvisor Singapore, TriQuint International.