Japanese health and safety is highly organised, detailed and efficient. There is a well-established bureaucracy.

The Japanese health and safety system is based on the lengthy and extremely detailed Industrial Safety and Health Law 1972, as amended. The administrative body responsible for occupational health is the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.

Other leading statutes include the Labour Contract Law 2007 and the Labour Standards Act 1947 (as amended).

These Laws are supplemented by detailed guidances and ordinances.

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