Japan: Foreign workers face double risk of work related deaths compared to Japanese

Government data shows that 30 foreign worker ‘trainees’ in Japan under the Technical Trainee Internship Programme (TITP) died in Labour Ministry recognized work related deaths over the four year period of 2014 - 2017.  This comes to an average of 3.64 work related deaths for each 100,000 foreign ‘trainees’, as opposed to a rate of 1.73 per 100,000 for Japanese workers. 

The TITP has been subject to long standing criticism for lacking adequate safeguards to protect foreign workers from abuse. The government has recently rammed through parliament a bill that will increase dramatically the intake of foreign workers, and concerns are high that the those workers will also be similarly vulnerable. 

 

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Author: 朝日新聞

労災死の集計とは年度と年の違いがあるのを踏まえたうえで、10万人当たりの労災死者を計算すると、年平均で3・64人だった。一方、日本の雇用者全体の労災死の比率は、14年から17年の年平均で10万人当たり1・73人で、実習生の半分ほどだった。…

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