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The recent outbreak of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) raises challenging issues for employers in Japan. Now is the time for employers to revisit their health and safety protocols and install procedures to minimize the risk of the outbreak affecting their staff, while at work or travelling for work. The following alert outlines the main employer obligations and important considerations for employers in Japan.

Please note that the response of governments to the COVID-19 outbreak is evolving rapidly, and it is important for employers to regularly check for updates with the Japanese government (as the information set out below may change).

We also encourage you to contact Baker McKenzie Tokyo if you have any further questions relating to the information we have provided.


Tomohisa Muranushi is a member of the Firm's Corporate/M&A Practice Group in Tokyo and has thirteen years of legal experience working in Japan. He co-authored M&A Handbook on Conducting Business Practically and the Japan chapter on Cross-border Labour and Employee Benefits Handbook. Tomohisa has also worked at the San Francisco and Bangkok offices of Baker McKenzie.