Japan’s Unique and Active Employment Security

The employment security in Japan is quite unique and active compared to other countries.

As loyalty to an employee’s company is supreme in the Japanese culture, internal promotion is common in many firms in the country, resulting to many employees staying with the same company throughout their entire career.

While employees tend to seek to invest and improve their company, firms on the other hand try hard to keep a family atmosphere and look after employees.

For the Japanese, disappointing co-workers, calling in sick and having bad manners are unacceptable.

Japanese firms work hard to do everything in ensure employment security and prevent laying off workers. As much as possible, they initially try to negotiate better deals with suppliers, request for government subsidies and reduce overtime.

Apparently, the idea of maintaining a good relationship between employer and employee promotes employment security, work ethic and willingness to work overtime.

The Japanese welfare state was formed through the impact of the country’s welfare state Liberal and conservative philosophies. There is an interconnection between the welfare state and working conditions.

Over the years, working hours in Japan started to decline. Thus, less stress was laid on the welfare state.

In 2012, the average Japanese citizen visited a medical facility at least 12 times in a week, which is three times more than the average doctor’s visit of the United States citizen. And this is relatively brought by the lower medical expenses and increased stress from their working conditions.

Generally, stress has a vast negative impact on both psychological and mental aspects for individuals.

Work hours in Japan differ between firms and company size. Most often, medium to large companies have vastly increased. The stress incurred from working more than 12 hours a day is seen as a contributing factor to Japanese citizens’ frequent doctor visits.

Apparently, the majority of Japanese medical institutions and hospitals are privately owned referring to its conservative influence. Meanwhile, the government regulating strict guidelines and medical treatment pricing refers to the liberal side of its welfare state.

Aizelle Joe

Philippines

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