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Seminar to be Held for Improvement of Working Conditions and Reducing Overtime Work through Cooperation between Consignors and Transportation Businesses

January 15, 2019

To convey useful methods for improving working conditions, reducing overtime work and productivity for consignors and transportation businesses, the relating ministries, i.e. the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) and the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) will hold a series of seminars across Japan titled “Seminars for Improvement of Working Conditions and Reducing Overtime Work through Cooperation between Consignors and Transportation Businesses.”

1. Background

The truck transportation industry has been facing a driver shortage which presents a serious challenge in the industry. To overcome this challenge and sustain the industry in the long term, it is necessary to strive to reduce overtime work for drivers and improve productivity in transportation services.

In November 2018, MLIT formulated the “Guidelines for Improvement of Working Conditions and Reducing Overtime Work through Cooperation between Consignors and Transportation Businesses” as an outcome of a pilot project in which consignors and transportation businesses collaborated in reducing overtime work through certain efforts, such as reducing the wait time for preparing cargo for transport and enhancing efficiency in loading-unloading services in the truck transportation industry. Since then, METI has also been raising awareness of the guidelines and cooperating in related efforts for improving working conditions and reducing overtime work through cooperation between consignors and transportation businesses.

METI hereby announces that METI, MLIT and MHLW will hold a series of seminars titled “Seminars for Improvement of Working Conditions and Reducing Overtime Work through Cooperation between Consignors and Transportation Businesses.” These seminars will target consignors and truck transportation businesses and aim to raise awareness of the guidelines and explain specific case examples of businesses that have succeeded in improving working conditions.

The seminars will also explain other guidelines formulated by MLIT titled “Guidelines for Enabling Businesses to Sustainably Provide Truck Transportation Services.”

2. Schedule of the seminars

Notes:

  1. Admission is free.
  2. For further information, including venues and application procedures, see the Appendix attached to the Japanese language press release.(PDF:227KB)PDFファイル

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