Attn: Non-Japanese employees in Japan who are likely to be fired! Atsuro Tsujino, member of the Japan Lawyers Network for Foreigners tells us how two wrongs don't make a right, but YOUR rights might make your termination wrongful.
Ollie uses the skills he picked up bankrupting hedge funds to help you get cheaper river cruise tickets.
Bobby showcases a River Cruise chain that can do some amazing things with a handful of high-quality digital photos of your living room.
Topics discussed on this episode range from:
- A Classified Ad that we hereby officially retract. Everything's worked out totally fine.
- How the Tokyo Olympic 2020 contract with the IOC works
- The REAL REASON Tokyo has decided not cancel the Olympics so far
- The new Olympic event that no one expected to see on the roster
- JBRC Press Club Reporting on the ex-director of Amnesty Japan and his lawsuit against Amnesty for wrongful termination
- The 80,000 plus people who have lost their jobs because of the corona pandemic, and how this has affected the need for legal representation against wrongful termination
- The tough situations that business find themselves in during the pandemic, and what exactly is it that they NOT allowed to do
- What criteria do they have to satisfy to be able to RIGHTFULLY fire you
- The gap between how foreigners FEEL about exercising their rights, how trying to do so plays out in real life, and the protections that they are legally afforded
- What Bobby thinks about who employment law works for in the US, and how different that is in Japan
- How Japanese courts decide whether or not a termination is "fair"
- How laying off the foreign employees first, just because they're foreign
- The tactic Japanese companies use to try to get around wrongful termination issues
- How much is comprehension considered when looking at contracts across languages?
- How have Ollie and Atsuro experienced Japanese companies looking to exploit foreign lack of comprehension?
- The sketchy real estate agency that brought a knife to a gun fight with Ollie
- Who tends to be most victimized by unethical labor practices in Japan?
- The power imbalance that makes it hard for foreign employees to fight against exploitation
- The problem with having a Support Network that people don't know about or don't feel comfortable relying on
- The burden of proof in harassment cases
- What your rights are as a job-seeker, or as someone who got their job offer cancelled
- To what extent private enterprises ARE allowed to discriminate against non-Japanese
- What your rights are when your job responsibilities change mid employment
- Something you'll never EVER believe about how the law treats "non-productive work" in Japan
- Fees, Fees, Fees
- Atsuro's BEST advice for anyone facing a potential wrongful termination (even if it's just the termination of your Public Broadcasting service)
Topics discussed on the extras include:
- What exactly it was that first showed Atsuro the need for non-Japanese people to have legal representation in Japan
- Bobby's anxiety about having all of his retirement investment done in his wife's name
- The INSANE condition that Bobby would have to satisfy to get that money back if he ever gets divorced
- Whether or not the podcast would be admissible as evidence
- Japan's outdated ideas about gender roles and how they effect divorce law/alimony
- Why it's culturally difficult to talk about the possibility of divorce in Japan
- What you call a non pre pre-nup
- The idea of a fixed-term marriage contract
- The difference between attitudes towards divorce in Japan, both pre and post marriage
- How Westerners approach specificity in contractual obligations
- How Japan focuses on mediation/negotiation instead of litigation
- Situations in which "foreigners" want to go to court over stuff that Japan doesn't think you need court for
- What's harassment and what's just Japan being Japan
- How both sides tend to lose in lawsuits in Japan
- A comparison of American and Japanese Lawyer's fees
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What is Japan By River Cruise?
Stand-up comedians Bobby Judo and Ollie Horn purport to report on the Japanese river cruise industry each week.