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The Study Group on Working Styles Not Bound by Traditional Employment Relationships Held Its Second Meeting

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has established a Study Group on Working Styles Not Bound by Traditional Employment Relationships to research a variety of working styles, including those not bound by traditional employment relationships (freelancing, alliance, etc.). On December 19 (Mon.), 2016, the study group held its second meeting as an effort for collecting case examples and information on the current circumstances and for discussing potential obstacles and future directions.

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 the relationship between companies and individual workers.

With the advances in population decline and technical innovation, 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 secure 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 study group of experts, and the study group held its second meeting as follows.

2. Outline of the second meeting of the study group

Date and time:
December 19 (Mon.), 2016; from 14:00 to 16:00
Venue:
Shared Meeting Rooms 1 and 2 on the 17th floor, METI Main Building
Theme:
Ideal approaches to developing an environment in which workers who are not bound by traditional employment relationships are able to smoothly engage in their work.

3. Regular and guest members

Release date

December 19, 2016

Division in Charge

Office for Human Resources Policy, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau

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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