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Hire Workers in Japan

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Look no further than TCWGlobal! The best payrolling and global employer of record in Japan.

No cultural barrier or legal obstacle will stand in your way with us by your side. We will tailor our services to fit your unique needs and help you shine no matter where you want to operate in the world.

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Fixed-Term Contracts

In Japan, fixed-term employment contracts are generally limited to three years, except for workers with a high level of expertise and workers aged 60 years or older, can have contracts up to five years. Worker’s employment contract with at least five years of service can be considered indefinite workers upon the expiration of their fixed-term contracts. A fixed-term contract that exceed five years in total can be converted to a contract of employment without a definite period if requested by the worker.

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Probationary Periods

Due to the concept of 'lifetime employment' in Japan and the corresponding difficulties in terminating contracts, probationary periods are often used. The employment can be subject to a three-month probationary period and the company can retain the right to extend the period for an additional three months if it has a justifiable basis for doing so.


In Japan, Workers recognize 16 public holidays. Employers are not required to grant paid leave for public holidays. If a worker is required to work on a public holiday, they are entitled to a premium of 135% of the worker’s salary.

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After six months of service with adequate attendance, Workers are entitled to 10 days of vacation. For each subsequent 12 continuous months of employment, Workers are entitled to an additional day of paid leave up to a maximum of 20 days. Unused leave expires after two years.

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Sick Leave

Japan does not mandate paid sick leave.

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Overtime is considered any work in excess of regular hours. The limit for overtime is 15 hours a week, 45 hours a month and no more than 360 hours in a year. A Worker cannot be required to work overtime unless it has been contracted to. If contracted to, overtime is generally paid at 125% of the Worker’s salary. There can also be premiums due for late-night work (between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.), work on a rest day, among others, which can go up to 175% of a Worker’s salary.

Mandatory Bonuses

Pension Insurance, Children's Fund, Health Insurance, Long Term Care Insurance (over 40 years old), Unemployment Insurance, Worker's Compensation. = ~7.67%

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Employer of Record

Creating a worldwide workforce is a continuous process that extends beyond a contract.

TCWGlobal surpasses the typical employer of record (EOR) by ensuring that your team receives personalized attention, ranging from smooth payrolling management to customized benefits based on your specific needs and location.

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