NPO corporation CALL4 Recruiting participants for the legal hearing tour of CALL4, January 24, “Certify work-related injuries for domestic workers!”

Call 4, recruiting participants for the court hearing tour of the lawsuit “Labor accident certification for domestic workers!” to be held on January 24

CALL4, Japan’s first (*1) web platform specializing in public litigation support (operated by CALL4, Representative Director: Futoki Taniguchi), will open on January 24, 2023 at the Tokyo High Court. From January 11th, we will start recruiting participants for the court hearing tour to attend the first oral argument of the lawsuit “Certify workers’ compensation for domestic workers!” with CALL4 members. [Image 1

■ Background
We have received feedback from people who support CALL4, such as, “I’m curious about public lawsuits, but it’s a little difficult to go to court hearings alone,” and “I want to know how courts are conducted.” In May 2022, we held CALL4’s first “First Trial Observation Tour”. We received positive feedback from the participants, such as “I gained a deeper understanding of the lawsuits handled by CALL4” and “I learned a lot about how courts are conducted in Japan.”
This time, the third time, is the first oral argument of the Tokyo High Court on the lawsuit “Certify workers’ compensation for domestic workers as well!” conduct hearings. In May 2015, Mr. A, who lived in the house of a bedridden elderly person and worked almost 24 hours a day for a week, died. However, the government did not certify workers’ compensation on the grounds that the Labor Standards Act does not apply to domestic workers.
The bereaved family filed a lawsuit, claiming that it was unfair that domestic workers were not allowed to receive work-related injuries, and sought to have the disapproval disapproved. This is a trial about restoring the rights of all domestic workers.
On September 29, 2022, the first instance judgment was issued at the Tokyo District Court. The ruling recognized that Mr. A’s nursing care hours of 4 hours and 30 minutes a day and 31 hours and 30 minutes a week were working hours. Based only on the conclusion of the agreement, the claim was dismissed because it was not recognized as working hours as a domestic servant. The plaintiff will appeal to the High Court on January 24, and the trial at the Tokyo High Court will begin.
The district court ruling dismissed the plaintiff’s claim, but the content of the trial was widely reported, and 36,000 signatures were collected on in conjunction with the ruling. The Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare plans to proceed with a survey on the actual situation of domestic workers.
The hearing tour will be held this time on the first oral argument date of the second instance (Tokyo High Court) of this lawsuit. Opinion statements will be made, and it will be an opportunity for everyone to hear the plaintiff’s claims again.
*1 As a “web support platform specializing in public litigation support” in Japan, as a result of an in-house survey such as opinions by lawyers in September 2019
[Court Hearing] Tuesday, January 24, 2023 10:00-11:00 (planned) On this day, which is the first date for oral argument after appealing to the High Court, we plan to make statements from the plaintiff and the defense team. The deadline for this day is scheduled to end in about 30 minutes.
* There is a possibility that tickets will be distributed (lottery). Please note that we do not guarantee that you will be able to attend the hearing in court.
*You are free to enter and leave the room during the hearing. Court name: Tokyo High Court
Address: 1-1-4 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
(Same building as the Tokyo District Court)
1 minute walk from Exit A1 of Kasumigaseki Station on the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line, Hibiya Line, and Chiyoda Line
About 3 minutes on foot from Exit 5 of Sakuradamon Station on the Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line
Meeting place: Sidewalk in front of the main entrance of the court (details will be announced later)
[Debriefing session & exchange meeting] Tuesday, January 24, 2023 11:30-13:00 (planned)
After the hearing, we will move to a venue that is within walking distance from the court, and hold a debriefing session by the defense team and an exchange meeting.
Application Requirements
Recruitment number: Up to 15 people (first-come-first-served basis) Request for participation:
Due to the limited number of spectator seats, please make advance reservations for free tickets or tickets with a donation from the ticket sales site below.
Ticket type
1. Free participation ticket
2. [Lunch included] Participation ticket (1,000 yen)
3. [No bento / with donation] Participation ticket (2,000 yen) 4. [Bento & donation included] Participation ticket (3,000 yen) *If you do not order a lunch box, please bring your own lunch for the exchange meeting.
*If you are ordering a bento, please select the type of bento (fish or meat) on the application form. (We are planning to have a lunch box for “Fishmonger’s Lunch Box “Kinbei””)
*Your donation will be used to cover the costs of the court hearing tour. Notes
・ Those who can participate in the trial hearing at the Tokyo High Court on Thursday, January 24 are eligible.
・Anyone can attend the event for free, even if you do not apply for this tour. ・Since the number of spectator seats is limited, there is a
possibility that spectator tickets will be distributed (lottery). Please note that even if you make a reservation, we do not guarantee that you will be able to attend the hearing in court.
In addition, you are free to enter and leave the room during the hearing, and even those who are not participating in this hearing tour can freely attend the hearing. I would like to add that this project is not intended to prevent such hearings.
Preliminary lecture & debriefing main speaker
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Attorney Shoichi Ibusuki (Akatsuki Law Office)
Accreditation of workers’ compensation for domestic workers! litigation attorney. With the motto “Respect the law, don’t rely on the law”, he is working on labor issues and immigration issues for foreigners from the workers’ side. Standing secretary of the Japan Labor Lawyers Group, Tokyo branch secretary, co-representative of the Foreign Technical Intern Attorneys Association, and representative of the Foreign Workers Lawyers Group.
*Members of the NPO POSSE, a support group for this lawsuit, will also participate in and comment on the debriefing session.
As “[Preliminary lecture] Learn about the case with a podcast”, we will deliver the case commentary by the defense team and the points of the court hearing on CALL4’s podcast.
If you listen to this in advance, it will help you understand the exchanges in court and the commentary at the debriefing session, so please listen to it.
● Apple Podcasts ● Spotify ● Anchor
■ Related information
An overview and litigation materials of the lawsuit “Certify industrial accident for domestic workers as well!” are posted on the CALL4 case page. Please take a look.
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■ About “CALL4”
Since its launch in September 2019, “CALL4” has provided crowdfunding to support public lawsuits and content that conveys the issues behind lawsuits and the lives of plaintiffs. Through our activities, we are striving to create a system that allows more people to know what is happening in the judiciary, take an interest in it, and participate in various ways.
Same-sex marriage lawsuits, “Sex work is work lawsuits” that question the non-payment of benefits for sex industry operators, overseas national examination lawsuits that were unconstitutional by the Tokyo District Court and High Court, assault cases in immigration
facilities, etc. For many lawsuits, we are disseminating contents about the outline of the lawsuit and the background of the problem. ■ About the management organization “CALL4, a specified non-profit organization” CALL4, a specified non-profit organization, is a non-profit
corporation established for the operation of the web platform “CALL4” that supports public litigation. Activities are carried out by pro bono members.
Please see below for details.
CALL4 will continue to work every day to make the judiciary more accessible through case support such as crowdfunding and court hearing tours.
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