Zangyo - Is overtime in Japan mandatory?

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It is common to see people talking, in Japan people work too much, work more than 12 hours a day, work a lot of overtime. So this begs the question, are people forced to work overtime (drone)? In this article we will talk a little about overtime in Japan.

The report of most Brazilians who lived in Japan is their long workday. Most Brazilians who go to Japan usually work in factories and work overtime, since after 8 hours of work, the person earns 25% or more for overtime, or as they call in Japanese "zagyou" [残業].

My friend Hillbilly in Japan made a video answering exactly that question, so before the article we’ll leave the video so you can watch a more detailed explanation of Japanese labor laws and rights.

How does Zangyo work? Am I required to work overtime?

As the countryman said, according to article 32, it makes it clear that no one is obliged to work overtime and neither the employee can request to work overtime if it does not exist in the company. It is a mutual consent between the employee and the company, but the employee is expected to contribute overtime when necessary, but is not obliged.

An employee's mandatory is 8 hours a day or 40 hours a week, if the person is being forced to do more than that, the company may prefer to replace him with someone willing to work overtime, but in this case he will have to bear certain consequences regarding the contract.

Some contractors already specify in their advertisements that the person needs to do zangyo or mandatory overtime, but these types of ads are wrong and very suspicious. We do not recommend these types of companies unless you are willing to work overtime to earn more money.

Zangyo - fazer hora extra no japão é obrigatório?

Can I have a job with a quiet workload?

Many question this factor that in Japan there is too much work, but in reality it happens to most foreigners and Japanese who work in factories. There is a large reason I already wrote about Japanese people working too hard.

The fact is that there are people who work very little, and the Japanese workload has already proved statistically to be less than that of Brazil. So we should not think that in Japan people work too much because they are obliged, but because they want to. Result of the strong capitalism and dedication of the Japanese after the second World War.

Zangyo - fazer hora extra no japão é obrigatório?

The truth is that if you look hard, you will be able to find the perfect job that fits your needs. I always thought that it is better to work little and have time to enjoy, than to work too much and not be able to spend the money. Unfortunately the reality of many in Japan is just working, they need to stop it!

Japan is no longer the place to collect money, so if you want to go to Japan to collect money to return to Brazil, or if you are already doing so, think about how you spend your precious time. Many end up even hating Japan for working so hard and not getting deeper into the culture and enjoying life.

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