The U.S. Armed Forces are in agreement with Japan-U.S. Security contract. “USFJ Personnel” is a personnel recruited by the GOJ (Secretary of Defense) to accomplish the USFJ`s mission and work on USFJ facilities. Kazato Adachi is the architect of an online textbook for MLC and IHA superiors at Okinawa Naval Bases. The new manual is intended to help U.S. leaders understand the unique employment system by the status of military agreements between U.S. and Japanese authorities. The singularity of collective agreements has sometimes caused friction between Japanese employees and American superiors.
In May, for example, two Japanese employees of the AAFES Exchange filed complaints at Kadena Air Base through a union at the Defense Facilities Administration Bureau in Naha, a Japanese government agency and the legal employer of MLC/IHA. The women, who were pregnant, said they became ill after their superiors refused to ask to return early. Japanese workers at U.S. military bases in Japan are recruited under bilateral employment contracts, the Master Labor Contract (MLC) and the Indirect Hire Agreement (IHA). The guide explains the employment, wages, social benefits and benefits of all employees under the system. It aims to help U.S. superiors understand the system by which Japanese workers are employed and managed on U.S. military bases, said Kazato Adachi, head of Japan`s national labor department at the personnel office at Camp Foster. By CHIYOMI SUMIDA | STARS AND STRIPES Published: October 28, 2004 MLC positions are open to permanent residents of Japan who are not U.S.
civilian employees for the military, soldiers, or their family members. CAMP FOSTER – A new online manual, recently created by the Marine Corps Human Resources Office on Okinawa, serves as a quick and practical guide for the United States. However, “there have been no new complaints since the two cases,” he said, noting that more frequent meetings are taking place between management and bureau de change employees. Oba attributed many management/employee issues to the fact that some managers were unaware of the specific bilateral agreements. “For new managers in particular, we want them to study the employment system, which is different from that of the civilian community in the United States,” he said.