Japan's labour disputes hit record high

Dismissals, working conditions and harassment top complaints

The number of labour disputes involving individual workers hit an all-time high in Japan in 2006, according to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.

For the 2006 fiscal year, which ended on March 31, there were about 187,000 individual disputes.

That figure is a six-per-cent increase from the previous high of about 176,000 cases in 2005.

Of the 187,000 cases, disputes about dismissal accounted for 24 per cent, deterioration in working conditions accounted for 13 per cent and bullying or harassment cases accounted for 10 per cent.

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