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23 Oct 2017

Human rights impacts of Japan's Technical Intern Training Programme explored in new analysis

In October 2017, the Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB) released a report to promote international awareness of Japan’s Technical Intern Training Programme (TITP) and its impacts.  The report provides detailed information about TITP and how it operates, much of which were previously inaccessible in English.

Implemented in 1993, the TITP was intended to contribute to the growth of developing countries through workforce development of their nationals.  However, critics of the program allege that it has led to widespread exploitation and human rights abuses, including forced labour and human trafficking.  In light of these concerns, the authors of IHRB's report write that "there is an urgent need for TITP’s problematic nature and operation to be more widely understood so that its human rights impacts can be properly addressed, including in the run-up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games."