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Hiring Practices in Japan

There is no statutory limitation on background checks, although there are guidelines recommending that employers refrain from asking invasive questions unless there is a statutory or special occupational need. A governmental guideline based on the Personal Information Protection Act refers to criminal record, race, religion, place of birth, among information identified as “sensitive information which can lead to discrimination” and frowns upon collecting such information without a special occupational requirement. Guidelines are not legally binding, although widely accepted as social standard or best practice.

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