Japan's job-quitting service not what it seems; is also sneakily hard to quit – Japan Today

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In Japan, quitting a job isn’t always as easy as simply saying “I’m out.” Especially for office jobs, there are often multiple forms that have to be completed and exchanged between employer and employee, plus potential loose ends to be sorted out such as unpaid overtime and unused vacation days, both sadly common in Japanese work environments.
Add in Japanese society’s distaste for verbal conflicts, and there’s been a rise in demand for taishoku daiko, or job-quitting proxy services, in recent years. Basically, the proxy handles all of the messy paperwork and face-to-face negotiations for you in exchange for a fee, letting you minimize your contact with the unhappy work environment that you’re trying to get out of.
Job-quitting proxy services have been around for a while, but recently the Japanese Internet has been buzzing about a unique option from one Tokyo-based provider: the “all-you-can-quit” plan.

Offered by Tokyo-based toNEXT Union, the Yameho (pretty clearly meant as a combination of the Japanese words yameru/”quit” and hodai/”all-you-can”) plan is billed as the industry’s first monthly subscription-based job-quitting service. “For 3,300 yen a month, you can use our job-quitting proxy service two times” promises the toNEXT Union ad seen in the above tweet.
Though toNEXT Union has been offering the Yameho plan since the summer of 2020, it’s only within the last few days that it’s started getting major 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, odds are you want out ASAP. In your desperation and haste, though, you might be too quick to jump at the chance to work anywhere else, and unintentionally land yourself in a second job that’s also not right for you, and Yameho could be a reassuring safety net in case you end up needing to look for job number three in short order. Yameho’s monthly price of 3,300 yen is pretty attractive too. Ordinarily, toNEXT Union charges between 19,800 and 29,800 yen (depending on specific employment type) for a single job-quitting proxy.
But ironically, for a service that’s all about getting people out of sticky situations, Yameho itself has multiple sneaky ways of sticking its claws in you. For starters, yes, it’s true that Yameho costs 3,300 yen, and that you can use the job-quitting service twice, but while 3,300 yen is the cost per month, two is the number of proxy services you’re allowed to use over the course of an entire year.
▼ toNEXT Union is clearer about that in this new promotional tweet, which specifies “two uses per year for 3,300 yen a month.”

OK, so if Yameho tops out at two job-quittings you can just cancel it after the second time you use it, right? Like, say you quit one job in December, and another in February, and then opt out. That’s still two job-quittings for just 9,900 yen, way less than even one quitting would normally cost. But nope, even though the price for Yameho is quoted as per-month, when you sign up, you’re actually signing up for a full year, which works out to 39,600 yen.
Yameho users are allowed to opt out of the service early by paying a cancellation fee, but even this ray of hope is essentially one made of harmfully intense UV light. The cancellation fee is 39,600 yen, the same cost as an entire year of Yameho, meaning that in any and all scenarios you’re actually paying more to cancel than you would just sticking it out for the full 12 months, even if you’re spending most of that time at zero usable job-quittings.
All right, but at least at the end of those 12 months, you’re out, right? Maybe…but maybe not. Yameho, by default, is an automatic renewal contract, and the no-extra-fee opt-out window is incredibly narrow, lasting for only 14 days starting from when you make your 12th monthly payment. Miss that, and toNEXT Union will go ahead and sign you up for another year, then keep right on billing you every month.
As a final bit of weirdness, remember that toNEXT Union’s most inexpensive one-quitting proxy plan (for quitting part-time positions) is 19,800 yen, which would then be 39,600 yen for two times. In other words, people quitting part-time jobs are better off not signing up for Yameho, since it won’t save them a single yen, and in effect they’re simply pre-paying full-price for a second quitting they may or may not use.
With all that taken into account, Yameho doesn’t quite sound like the easy step to a less stressful life it presents itself as, with reactions on Twitter including:
“That’s not what ‘all-you-can’ means.”
“What’s up with calling it ‘all-you-can-quit’ if you can only use it two times?”
“Quitting Yameho sounds like a serious pain in the butt.”
“Only a matter of time until someone starts offering a proxy service to quit the Yameho job-quitting proxy service.”
It’s worth bearing in mind that for people with very specific circumstances (quitting one full-time job and seeing themselves likely to quit one another within the next 12 months), who are also attentive enough to not miss the no-charge opt-out window, Yameho can save them about 20,000 yen. Everyone else, though, is probably better going with single-use job-quitting proxy plans, or maybe just ripping the proverbial Band-Aid off by themselves and looking for emotional support afterwards.
Source: J-Cast Trend via Livedoor News, Twitter, toNEXT Union
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Oh good grief no wonder it takes eternity and a day to get anything done in Japan. Just reading about all the runaround ways this company makes customers go through makes my head hurt. The mere fact that such companies even exist is ludicrous and headache-inducing. Don’t like your job? Quit and leave. It should be that simple.
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Sounds like a plan for suckers that can’t read or pay attention.
But then again, if you can’t even quit your own job, what else would you expect?
That complicated plan is either gonna be gold for them or put them out real quick.
Buyer beware! Consult your local Bar Association for free.
The American country singer Johnny Paycheck had a much simpler solution to terminating employment : “Take This Job and Shove It. “
Based on the ad images used, the service is geared specifically towards helping women quit their jobs (女性の退職代行). Women may have a harder time than men in quitting a workforce that has predominantly male bosses.
So silly on so many levels.
It’s amazing how those retarded scam services can thrive in Japan ONLY.
În any other country, they would bankrupt in less than 1 week. 🙂
Just don’t show up, see how long they pay you.
Another middleman business! Japan is a middleman’s dream country.
The American country singer Johnny Paycheck had a much simpler solution to terminating employment : “Take This Job and Shove It. “
No one should follow Johnny Paychecks lead. He spent most of his life committing petty crime and fighting drug addiction. “Hard work” was never much of his forte’.
For better or worse, I have some personal experience dealing with Japanese courts regarding this topic. Not because I owed anyone anything, but bevau they owed us. And I can tell you this: this country is a bloody JOKE when it comes to financial restitution. In a nutshell, if you don’t feel like paying a fee that you’re owed, simply don’t. If a company wants money from you, they first need to take you to court, which will cost way more than 39,000 yen. Even if you win in court, you won’t receive any money unless the defendant actually feels like paying you. Guess what? You need launch a separate court case in order to have the defendants assets seized. That’s just even more cost. And to top it all off, if the defendant decides to maliciously hide their assets, there’s not a damn thing the courts can do about it, because they just assume that everyone is honest about their possessions.
In the case of this article, if you decide to fudge off and not tell these idiots where you went next, or where you have a bank account, they can’t do anything about it. If they want to, they’ll need to sue, which again is going to cost way more money and time. That’s Japan for you. Toothless third world country.
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