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Ex-Japanese worker of U.S. military’s Atsugi base sues gov’t for compensation

  • December 21, 2021
  • , Kanagawa Shimbun , p. 18
  • JMH Translation

On Dec. 20, a former 20-something Japanese employee of the U.S. military’s Atsugi base (in Yamato and Ayase Cities) filed a lawsuit with the Yokohama District Court against the Japanese government for about 5 million yen in unpaid wages and other compensation, claiming that he was not paid while on leave due to a problem at the workplace.


The Japanese government is the employer of Japanese nationals working at U.S. military bases.


According to the complaint, when the man was working as a security guard at the base in November 2019, he took leave because he suffered from insomnia due to repeated reprimands from his supervisor. Based on the relevant contracts and regulations, his leave should have been treated as paid leave for a certain period of time and he should have been entitled to disability allowances. He was not paid for about a year and half with no explanation given by the U.S. military. He returned to work at a different U.S. military facility in August 2021.

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