Are you familiar with the “indefinite work term conversion rule”?


The indefinite term conversion rule (muki tenkan rule – 無期転換ルール) means that when a fixed-term employment contract with the same company has been renewed for a total of more than five years, the contract can be converted into an employment contract with no fixed term (indefinite term employment contract) upon the employee’s request. (Article 18 of the Employment Contract Law: came into force on April 1, 2013).

In principle, everyone who has a fixed-term employment contract with a term of more than five years is eligible.

*Everyone has this right, regardless of the type of work, including “contract worker” (keiyaku shain), “part-time worker”, arubaito etc.

If a worker applies for an indefinite-term employment contract, the contract will become an indefinite-term employment contract from the day after the current fixed-term employment contract ends.

Website of the portal for the indefinite conversion of workers with fixed-term contracts (Japanese):

Frequently asked questions about the rules for changing jobs for an indefinite period (MieInfo page) can be found here.

Click here to access the Handbook on the rules for converting workers with indefinite employment contracts (prepared by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare: Japanese).


Mie Labor Office (Mie Roudou-kyoku) 059-226-2110 [in Japanese only].

Consultation Center for Foreign Residents in Mie (MieCo) 080-3300-8077

Languages available: English, Portuguese, Spanish, Filipino, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Nepali, Indonesian, Thai, Japanese

Announcement of joint specialized consultation session for foreigners (free of charge)


A joint specialized consultation meeting for foreigners will be held in Nagoya City.  You can consult about procedures at the Immigration Bureau, work conditions, work problems, bullying and discrimination, as well as legal advice.  Please use it if you have any problems.  Priority is given to those who have made reservations, so advance reservations are recommended.

Date and time

Saturday, November 18, 2023

10:00-16:00 (Last registration for consultation session is 15:30)


JICA Chubu

Address: 4-60-7 Hiraike-cho, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture

*5 minutes walk from Sasashima Live Station (Aonami Line).

*13 minutes walk from Nagoya Station.

About making reservations

When making a reservation in Japanese

Tel: 0570-052259 →1#→0#→140#


If making a reservation in a language other than Japanese

Tel: 052-961-7902


What to relay when making a reservation

  • Name
  • Consultation content
  • Do you need an interpreter? (What language do you need an interpreter for?)
  • Desired time
  • Telephone number (if available)

Click here for the joint specialty consultation meeting pamphlet

Pamphlet in Portuguese

Pamphlet in Spanish

Pamphlet in Tagalog

Pamphlet in Chinese

Pamphlet in English

Pamphlet in Indonesia

Pamphlet in Nepalese

Pamphlet in Japanese