Kioicho Strategic Research Institute Information on the 2nd Wor-Q Advisory Board and “Survey on Freelance Co ntracts 2023” Press Briefing

Kioicho Strategic Research Institute
Information on the 2nd Wor-Q Advisory Board and the Press Briefing for “Survey on Freelance Contracts 2023”
~ Only 24% of freelancers always contract in writing ~

Kioicho Strategic Research Institute Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; President: Naoya Bessho; hereinafter referred to as KSI) announced that the Japanese Trade Union Confederation (Rengo) will implement the “Let’s Connect! Freelance Month” (2022). April 2019), we have clarified the actual situation that freelancers are facing and the issues they are facing, and promoted a place to think together about clues to solutions.
In order to connect these efforts to more concrete solutions, RENGO has established a “Wor-Q Advisory Board” within the RENGO, and will gather the knowledge of people in various positions, including freelancers. The first meeting will be held on November 18, 2022, and the second meeting will be held from 13:00 on January 23, 2023. In addition, at the end of 2022, the “Survey on Freelance Contracts 2023” was conducted by Internet research, and a valid sample of 1,000 men and women aged 20 to 59 who work as freelancers as their main business was aggregated (survey cooperation Agency: Net Asia Co., Ltd.). Regarding the results of this survey, a press briefing will be held after the closing of the 2nd Wor-Q Advisory Board. We would like to ask all members of the press for their active coverage.
[Points of survey results]
–Realities of freelance work–
・46.1% said they had experienced trouble at work.
・Troubles experienced 1st place: “Unfairly low remuneration amount decision”, 2nd place: “One-sided cancellation of work”,
3rd place “Delayed payment of rewards”
–The reality of freelance contract signing–
・Only 24% answered that they “always conclude a contract.”
・The reason for signing the contract, although unsatisfactory, was “Because I can’t get the next job.”
40% answered that.
・64% of the respondents said that it is better to sign a contract in writing in order to protect the appropriate remuneration and rights of freelancers.
–What you need to do to protect yourself as a freelancer–
・ 51% of respondents said that they wanted a law to protect
freelancers, and 62% said that they wanted freelancers who could exchange information and cooperate with each other on the job. -Reporter briefing-
Date: January 23, 2023 (Monday) 16:30-17:30
Venue: Conference room AB on the 3rd floor of the Federation Hall Responders: General Organizing Bureau Director Kawano and other Wor-Q Advisory Board members

-2nd Wor-Q Advisory Board-
Date: Monday, January 23, 2023, 13:00-16:00
Venue: Conference room on the 8th floor of the Federation Hall Advisory board members:
[Industry people]
SAORI: Representative of NPO Corporation Protecting Women Working in the Film Industry
Amiigo Koike: President, Tokyo Illustrators Society
Shiho Yagi: Radio DJ/Narrator
Akiko Oku: Film Director
Riko Sakaguchi: Screenwriter
Akemi Sugayama Linda: Happy Engine Co., Ltd. CEO
Kazunori Tokuo: Yahoo Japan Corporation LODGE Manager
Michihiro Ikemizu: Representative Director, Japan Actors Union Manabu Tsuchiya: Japan Musicians Union Representative Steering Committee [Academic Research/Lawyer]
Masayuki Numata: Professor, Faculty of Law, Hosei University Wu Xueshu: Senior Researcher, Japan Institute for Labor Policy and Training (JILPT)
Yuko Aso: Senior Researcher, United Research Institute
Toshiharu Suga: Lawyer (Tokyo Law Office)
Yasunari Yamada: Lawyer (Hikari Law Office / Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare freelance number 110)
[Allied parties]
Isao Morihara: UA Zensen National Org
Tatsuya Sekiguchi: National Union Secretary General
Chiaki Saito: Secretary General, United Tokyo
Haruhisa Yamanegi: RENGO Deputy Secretary General
Hironobu Kono: Director General Organization Bureau, RENGO
Yuko Sugamura: Director, Labor Legislation Bureau, RENGO
Yoshiyuki Morita: Director, Labor Conditions Bureau, RENGO
Keiko Kubo: Director, RENGO Fair Work Promotion Center
Kosuke Nakayama: Director, Organizational Planning Bureau, RENGO Kaoru Hatakeyama: Director General, Organization Expansion Bureau, RENGO Yukari Nishino: Director of Rengo Wor-Q Support Center
Yoji Obayashi: Director of Rengo Wor-Q Support Center
Yosuke Ochi: Member of Rengo Wor-Q Support Center
[Wor-Q management partner company]
Kioicho Strategic Research Institute Co., Ltd.
If you would like to participate in the press conference, please contact us at the email address below.
Rengo Wor-Q Support Center (person in charge: Nishino, Ochi) E-mail:
-Special page-
Report on the 1st Wor-Q Advisory Board
[About Kioicho Strategic Institute Co., Ltd. (KSI)]
KSI was established in 2017 as a subsidiary of Yahoo Japan Corporation (currently Z Holdings Corporation) and became an independent private think tank and consulting firm in April 2020. Since 1999, CEO Naoya Bessho has played a very important role in launching new services for Yahoo! Based on the knowledge gained through the wide network and policy proposal activities cultivated during that time, we provide comprehensive consulting in the public affairs area, such as support for policy activities and risk management for companies challenging new industries. In addition, we provide a variety of services based on the policy of contributing to society.
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