The bills relating to work-style reforms will be the focus of the battle between the ruling and opposition parties in the second half of the current Diet session. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe indicated at a liaison meeting between the government and the ruling parties on April 2 that he intends to “submit the bills as soon as this week, aiming at enactment in the current Diet session.” The opposition parties are against the exemption of high-income professionals from working hour restrictions.
The work-style bills consist of amendments to eight laws, and among the most important reforms are setting a limit to overtime work and the wage system for highly professional jobs. The previously proposed expansion of the scope of the discretionary work system has been dropped from the bills in light of the Labor Ministry’s data fudging. The cabinet is expected to approve the bills on April 6.
The implementing legislation for integrated resorts (IR) with casinos and amendments to the Health Promotion Law to step up passive smoking prevention measures are also expected to be debated.