Japan’s ‘at will’ job resignation service, not what it sounds like, is also hard to sneak up on

For a service that promises a clean break with a bad job, this taishoku daikou at lots of strings attached.

In Japan, quit a job isn’t always as easy as just saying “I’m out”. Especially for office jobs, there are often multiple forms that need to be filled out and exchanged between employer and employee, along with potential unresolved items to deal with such as unpaid overtime and unpaid vacation days. used, both unfortunately common in Japanese working environments.

Add to this the distaste of Japanese society for verbal conflict, and there has been an increase in demand for taishoku daikou, Where termination proxy services, during the last years. Basically, the proxy handles all the complicated paperwork and face-to-face negotiations for you for a fee, allowing you to minimize your contact with the miserable work environment you are trying to get out of.

Job termination proxy services have been around for some time, but recently the Japanese internet has been buzzing. a unique option from a supplier based in Tokyo: the “all-you-can-quit” plan.

Provided by based in Tokyo to NEXT Union, the Yameho (quite clearly meant as a combination of the Japanese words yameru/ “quit” and houdai/ “all-you-can”) is touted as the industry’s first monthly subscription termination service. “For 3,300 yen [US$29] per month you can use our job resignation proxy service twice » promises the toNEXT Union announcement seen in the tweet above.

Although toNEXT Union has been offering the Yameho plan since summer 2020, it is only in the last few days that it has started to gain attention on the Japanese internet. In a way, the concept makes a lot of sense. If your job is so bad that you’re willing to pay for professional help to get out of it, chances are you want to quit ASAP. In your desperation and haste, however, you might be too quick to jump at the chance to work anywhere else and unwittingly land yourself in a second job that isn’t right for you either, and Yameho might be a trickle. reassuring security in case you end up needing to look for job number three in no time. Yameho’s monthly price of 3,300 yen is also quite attractive. Normally, toNEXT Union charges between 19,800 and 29,800 yen (depending on specific job type) for a single job resignation proxy.

But ironically, for a service that involves getting people out of sticky situations, Yameho himself has several devious ways of sticking his claws at you.. For starters, yes, it’s true that Yameho costs 3,300 yen, and you can use the termination service twice, but while 3,300 yen is the cost per month, two is the number of proxy services you are allowed to use in an entire year.

▼ toNEXT Union is more clear on this in this new promotional tweet, which states “two uses per year for 3,300 yen per month”.

OK, so if Yameho hits its max at two layoffs, you can just undo it after the second time you use it, right? For example, let’s say you quit one job in December and another in February, and then quit. That’s still two layoffs for just 9,900 yen, far less than what a single resignation would normally cost. But no, even though Yameho’s price is listed per month, when you sign up you are actually signing up for a full year, which equates to 39,600 yen.

Yameho users are allowed to withdraw from the service earlier by paying a cancellation fee, but even that ray of hope is essentially made of harmful intense UV light. The cancellation fee is 39,600 yen, the same cost as a full year of Yameho, which means in all scenarios you are actually paying more to cancel than you simply would for the full 12 months, even if you spend most of that time on zero usable layoffs.

Okay, but at least at the end of those 12 months, you’re out, right? Maybe… but maybe not. Yameho, by default, is an auto-renewing contract, and the opt-out window at no additional cost is incredibly narrow., lasting only 14 days from the time you make your 12th monthly payment. Miss that, and toNEXT Union will go ahead and sign you up for another year, then keep billing you every month.

Finally, remember that toNEXT Union’s cheapest single power of attorney plan (for leaving part-time positions) is 19,800 yen, which would then be 39,600 yen for two times. In other words, people who leave part-time jobs are better off not sign up for Yameho, as it won’t save them a single yen, and in fact, they’re just paying full price up front for a second of downtime that they may or may not use.

With all of that taken into account, Yameho doesn’t quite look like the easy step to a less stressful life that he presents himself as, with Twitter reactions including:

“That’s not what ‘all you can’ means.”
“What’s there to call it ‘all you can stop’ if you can only use it twice?” “
“Leaving Yameho sounds like a severe pain in the buttocks. “
“It is only a matter of time before someone starts offering a proxy service to leave the Yameho job termination proxy service.”

It should be borne in mind that for people with very specific circumstances (leaving one full-time job and seeing themselves likely to leave the other within the next 12 months), who are also attentive enough not to miss the No-cost opt-out window, Yameho can save them around 20,000 yen. Everyone, however, is probably better off going with single-use termination power of attorney plans, or perhaps just ripping off the proverbial bandage on their own and seeking emotional support afterward. .

Source: J-Cast Trend Going through News, Twitter, to NEXT Union
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