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Tokyo court OKs dismissal of worker at Diamond Princess operator

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Presiding Judge Yukiko Ito said that the company's decision to "reduce its workforce was highly necessary and the company's response was deemed reasonable."

To all the people who point to Japan's coronavirus response as a success I always point this out

Japan threw contract pt workers under the bus while subsidizing and supporting the businesses that laid them off.

Other nations had paid furloughs and enhanced unemployment benefits, Suga told workers to practice 'self reliance while bailing out owners on the taxpayers yen.

Welcome back cruise ships and tourist's to neo-feudal Japan of the LDP.

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the company had not made sufficient efforts to avoid the dismissal of workers, including through using the government's subsidy for maintaining employment at businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

That in a nutshell was the LDP coronavirus response.

Sacrifice workers and leave them in the dust while generously bailing out Japan Inc. cronies.

The present tourism boom and promotion is all based on this socialism for the rich, Japan Inc. in this case, business model.

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The remaining plaintiff, however, sought his reinstatement to the company and continued with the lawsuit.

Never understand the logic or thought process of a person who takes an employer to court, to get a job back, in a company that doesnt want you, and is paying a crap load of money to stop you from returning.

What's the point? You get rehired, but you literally will have zero future and more than likely will be put in less than desirable positions and in the end, you will probably quit yourself.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, it's the "principle" of the matter. Seems to me the other two plaintiffs in the case understood it better.

The dismissed three filed a lawsuit in August 2020, with two of them reaching a settlement with the company in December last year in which it expressed regret and agreed to convert the dismissals into voluntary retirements.

Now this dude will get nothing

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Other nations had paid furloughs and enhanced unemployment benefits.

And what has been the effect of these benefits? Inflation at multi-decade highs, with no end yet in sight. For every dollar paid for furloughs and enhanced unemployment benefits, we seeing several dollars in lost value. I was in America last month and the amount of inflation is staggering. Pretty much everything in Japan aside from gasoline is now cheaper than in America. The cost of the pandemic benefits paid by other nations is already at the point of causing more harm than good. Japan handled the pandemic better than any other developed country except for Sweden.

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This includes Berlitz Japan.

Who? Let me guess, just wanting to "out" them here? FYI not just senior, junior and temp as well, all across the board!

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Cruise ship owners and other such operators and businesses got millions upon millions of bailouts IMMEDIATELY and used it to cover the losses incurred rather than trying to keep staff or pay their wages. Meanwhile, plenty of small businesses STILL haven't gotten the initial assistance funds promised in April 2020 after being told if they followed the government guidance and closed down they would be eligible for it. But is anyone actually surprised this person got screwed over?

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Dagon and smithinjapan-

Spot on both of you. I couldn't agree more.

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@yubaru

Never understand the logic or thought process of a person who takes an employer to court

It is called standing up for your rights. Is this a new concept for you? Probably the mindset that you display here is the reason that they had to go to court to begin with. Because in Japan it is assumed they will just comply with any ブルシット what Japan Inc and his cronies in the LDP come up with.

Seems to me the other two plaintiffs in the case understood it better.

We don't know what the other plaintiffs were seeking to achieve and this article does not clarify. For what it's worth it very well could be their reinstatement to the company.

The only fact we know based on the article is that:

two of them reaching a settlement with the company in December last year

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And what has been the effect of these benefits? Inflation at multi-decade highs, with no end yet in sight.

What lame corporate speak. So do not compensate workers for coronavirus effect layoffs because of inflation but bailout the owners and investors because....???

Your train of illogical reasobi

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And what has been the effect of these benefits? Inflation at multi-decade highs, with no end yet in sight.

What lame corporate speak. So do not compensate workers for coronavirus effect layoffs because of inflation but bailout the owners and investors because....???

Your train of illogical reasoning is egregious

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Edit the post before this if possible please since no edit function.

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Again, I have to agree with dagon. Also with La vie douce

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almakukac

Never understand the logic or thought process of a person who takes an employer to court

It is called standing up for your rights. Is this a new concept for you? Probably the mindset that you display here is the reason that they had to go to court to begin with. Because in Japan it is assumed they will just comply with any ブルシット what Japan Inc and his cronies in the LDP come up with.

Geez, cherry picking once again. How ingenious! Read the rest of what I wrote

Never understand the logic or thought process of a person who takes an employer to court, to get a job back, in a company that doesnt want you, and is paying a crap load of money to stop you from returning.

THEN use your head and consider the situation, timing, circumstances and most importantly COUNTRY he filed this suit in.

But just easier to blame the court or company, and the employee is never wrong, even when they are!

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Cruise ship owners and other such operators and businesses got millions upon millions of bailouts IMMEDIATELY and used it to cover the losses incurred 

I am opposed to bailouts, if a business is viable enough to return to profitability after an unforeseen shutdown, banks should be more than willing to loan them money and/or roll over their current debt. In regard to bailouts, the amount cruise ship operators received was far short of the losses they suffered. And, once again, the inflation caused by these bailouts has, at the least, negated their short-term benefit. These businesses operate on razor-thin margins as the best of times.

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Urge an employee in his thirties to retire? Not resign?

Yup, retire is the 100% correct word in Japanese. Always keep in mind the Japanese used, and it will save you a lot of problems trying to understand what they are talking about.

The word in Japanese is 退職 (taishoku) which directly translates to (drum roll) "retirement" Even a "resignation" letter or notification uses the word taishoku. There are numerous variations on ways to use the words, but in Japanese it typically always comes back to taishoku. Even when you quit on your own, it's taishoku, with a couple of other words used with it.

It's really easy to get confused and misunderstand things, like here.

Wonder what the severance pay was for "voluntary retirement".

This is easy to guess at. If they were "regular" employees, they would get an amount based upon the number of years they worked, and it depends too on their salary as well. It's called "taishoku-kin", there's that word "taishoku"again, and "kin" is money here, not gold.

But for a case like this, probably both the taishoku kin and probably a couple to 3 months pay.

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Some employees in other countries had it a lot worse, long term careers destroyed because they were required to vaccinate and they didn't want to

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@smithinjapan

Cruise ship owners and other such operators and businesses got millions upon millions of bailouts IMMEDIATELY

Actually this isn't the case and you are confusing airlines with cruise lines.

Big 3 US cruise lines actually received zero US bailout because they chose to be incorporated in 3rd world countries like Liberia, Bermuda, and Panama to avoid paying US taxes even though they are for all practical purpose US corporations headquartered in the US and led by US executives. This is why Burger King is a Canadian company.

The only benefit they received was free COVID vaccination for their ship crew when they docked at the US ports. The only exception was UK which offered bailout to UK employees of ships sailing from UK.

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