Japan: Foreign labourer ‘interns’ testify to violations at gathering at parliament

Several migrant labourers in Japan under the Technical Internship Trainee Programme (TITP) gave testimony at a gathering at parliament on the human rights abuses they had faced. One Vietnamese ‘intern’ stated he had been promised he would be trained in advanced wielding techniques, but had been made to work in radiation decontamination in Fukushima instead. A Chinese ‘intern’ stated he lost a finger in a work related accident. His employer refused to pay for his treatment and tried to force him to return to China.  Another Chinese woman said she had been forced to work long hours at less than half the minimum wage. 

The government has announced plans for unskilled migrant labour to be allowed to work in Japan for a maximum of five years. Details remain scarce, any many critics have voiced concern that the new system will be based on the current TITP framework, with all its attendant violations. The government has already announced that unskilled laborers will not be allowed to have their family accompany them in Japan. 

 

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Autor(a): Osamu Uchiyama, Asahi Shimbun

... A Chinese woman in her 30s who had worked at a paper processing company in Shizuoka Prefecture said she faced abusive treatment that drove her to try to end her life. "I attempted suicide by jumping from the building of the company I worked at because I became the target of power harassment and bullying, and I was not given a chance to transfer to a different section," she said. Another Chinese woman, in her 50s, who had worked at a sewing factory in Gifu Prefecture, told legislators that she was paid just 300 yen ($2.63) an hour, less than half the prefecture's minimum wage, toiling from 8 a.m. to midnight. ...

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Autor(a): 東京新聞

この日招かれたのは、労働組合などに相談している中国、ベトナム、カンボジア、モンゴルの実習生十六人。岐阜県の段ボール工場で働いた中国人男性の黄世護(こうせいご)さん(26)は、作業中に機械で指を切断した。会社からは帰国を促され、治療費も自己負担を求められた。「けがをしたら、なぜ帰らないといけないのか」とつっかえながら訴えた。ベトナム人実習生の男性は、岩手県の建設会社で鉄筋型枠の技術を学ぶはずが、福島県内で四百日間、原発事故後の除染作業に従事させられた。「専門技術を学びたくて来たのに…。全然勉強できないじゃないですか」と怒りを押し殺すように話した。縫製工場で一日十六時間の長時間労働を強いられた中国人女性も。残業代は一時間三百円だった。

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