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The Study Group on Working Styles Not Bound by Traditional Employment Relationships Held its First Meeting

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has established a Study Group on Working Styles Not Bound by Traditional Employment Relationships in order to research a variety of working styles, including those not bound by traditional employment relationships (freelancing, alliance, etc.). The study group held its first meeting in an effort to collect case examples and information on the current circumstances concerning challenges presented by these working styles and in order to discuss potential obstacles and future directions for their work.

1. Background and purpose

An analysis in The New Industrial Structure Vision, compiled by the New Industrial Structure Committee in April 2016, projected that the fourth industrial revolution will dramatically change the current employment structure and relationship between companies and individual workers.

With the advances in population decline and technology, the structures of industries, employment and society overall are seeing significant changes. In this trend, new working styles not bound by employment contracts, e.g., freelancing, are attracting public attention. Having more options for working styles is expected to enable workers to utilize their time and skills to the maximum extent possible and encourage companies to utilize a variety of human resources.

Aiming to ascertain current circumstances and challenges surrounding these working styles and to discuss future directions, METI has established a new working group of experts and the study group held its first meeting.

2. Details of the first meeting of the working group

Date and time:
November 17 (Thur.), 2016; from 10:00 to 12:00
Venue:
Shared Meeting Room 1 on the 17th floor, METI Main Building
Theme:
Current situation of working styles not bound by traditional employment relationships, and relevant education and training support systems

3. Members and guest members

Release date

November 17, 2016

Division in Charge

Office for Human Resources Policy, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau

Related Information

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8901, Japan Tel: +81-(0)3-3501-1511
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