FY 2019 Regular Exchange with the Korea Labour Foundation (KLF)

Discussions with the KLF

JILAF engaged in three days of regular exchange with the Korea Labour Foundation (KLF) on April 17–19, 2019. JILAF and the KLF have been continuing regular exchange through reciprocal visits since 2003.

The KLF is a tripartite organization established by the government, labour, and management in South Korea with the aims of developing and entrenching democratic and autonomous industrial relations both domestically and internationally, engaging in exchange in the field of private-sector labour, and promoting international cooperation in the field of labour. The purpose of this exchange was to discuss common issues relating to labour in Japan and South Korea.

On the first day, the JILAF side spoke about “The impact on workers of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and foreign worker trends” and the Korean side about “The Fourth Industrial Revolution: Changes in work, employment, and human resource development.” The two sides reported on the present situation and issues in their respective countries and engaged in discussions.

On the second day, the participants visited and inspected the Yamato Group’s Haneda Chronogate, a state-of-the-art distribution facility based on the concept of creating added value by combining distribution functions and service functions.

On the final day, President Ichiro Natsume of the Labour Lawyers Association of Japan gave a lecture, followed by discussions, on the topic of non-employed workers, such as platform workers, whose jobs reflect technological innovation and economic conditions, highlighting the present situation, problems, and efforts to address them in Japan. In the afternoon, the participants held wide-ranging discussions on such topics as the specifics of exchange between Japan and South Korea, trends in workstyle reform in Japan, the state of Japan’s annual spring labour struggle, and the problem of foreign workers.

Japan and South Korea share many common issues in the field of labour, so the discussions were a good opportunity for the two sides to deepen their awareness of the significance of continuing exchange in the future.


04/17WedRegular exchange day 1
04/18ThuRegular exchange day 2
04/19FriRegular exchange day 3