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In Japan, employers must usually give at least 30 days notice before terminating an employee’s employment contract.  If the employer gives less than the required notice, he or she must make up for the lack of notice by paying a full day’s salary for each day the notice was insufficient.

For example, if only 20 day notice was given, then the employer would have to pay the departing employee a sum equal to 10 days’ salary.

It is important to note that, while this type of notice is generally required of employers, it may not be required for certain positions, such as those hired to complete a specific task.

If you have any questions about hiring or firing employees for your business in Japan, please contact our office for a legal consultation.