Severance Payment and Labor Mobility

A Comparative Study of Taiwan and Japan

  • Tatsuo Hatta
  • Shinya Ouchi

Part of the Economics, Law, and Institutions in Asia Pacific book series (ELIAP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Dismissal Regulations in Japan

  3. Dismissal Regulations in Taiwan

  4. Comparison of Dismissal Regulations

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 187-189

About this book


This book compares legally allowed dismissal conditions in employment contracts in Taiwan and Japan and then examines the possibility of introducing the Taiwan-style severance payment system into Japanese employment contracts.

A significant difference exists between employment regulations of Japan and Taiwan. In Japan, dismissal of an employee on the grounds of ability is not easily upheld in a court of law, and a set rule for dismissals with severance payment does not exist. On the other hand, in Taiwan, where regulations do not allow dismissal at will, an employee can still be dismissed with severance payment, as long as due process is followed.

Written by labor lawyers and labor economists from both Taiwan and Japan, this book describes the procedures that must be followed in the dismissal process in the two countries. It also shows that this difference in dismissal conditions between the two countries explains the low labor mobility in Japan and high labor mobility in Taiwan, and that this difference in labor mobility, in turn, caused the shift of IT production from Japan to Taiwan in the 1990s. The final chapter of the book elucidates the need for introducing the Taiwan-style severance payment before carrying out further deregulation in Japan.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Tatsuo Hatta
    • 1
  • Shinya Ouchi
    • 2
  1. 1.Asian Growth Research InstituteKitakyushuJapan
  2. 2.Graduate School of LawKobe UniversityKobeJapan

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