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« on: January 02, 2019, 04:12:12 pm »

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The expected arrival of large numbers of foreign, blue-collar workers in Japan over the coming five years has raised fears of a sharp rise in incidences of exploitation of the kind experienced by Eng.

In December, the country’s parliament passed legislation that will soon open the door to an estimated 345,000 thousand foreign workers, in what is being called the end of Japan’s traditional opposition to large-scale immigration.

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Critics say the government has not done enough to prevent employers from using the change to secure cheap labour, amid evidence that many pay existing foreign workers below the going rate and force them to work long hours.

“There is a risk that the same abuse will be repeated with the new intake from next year, so there must be an acknowledgement that the existing programme has been a failure,” said Shoichi Ibusuki, a lawyer who helps abused foreign workers. “It’s vitally important to stamp out human rights violations.”

A labour ministry investigation found that of the 6,000 firms that hire a total of 260,000 technical trainees, about 70% had broken labour regulations on illegal and unpaid overtime.

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Last year, more than 7,000 interns fled from their workplaces, with most citing low wages and long hours. Others were physically abused, while in some cases pregnant trainees were forced to choose between having an abortion or leaving their job, according to the Asahi Shimbun newspaper.

Soon after parliament approved the immigration change, the justice ministry revealed that 174 technical trainees, mostly people in their 20s and 30s from China, Vietnam and Indonesia, had died between 2010 and 2017. The majority had died in workplace accents, while 13 had committed suicide. Others had suffered heart attacks and strokes, both of which are associated with karoshi, or death from overwork.

In December the Japanese government approved measures it claimed would prevent the abuse suffered by existing technical trainees. It pledged to offer “proper” working conditions to new workers, including fair pay and hours, adding that it would cooperate with other countries to prevent brokers from collecting fees from workers before they arrive in Japan.
How horrendous that we still have modern indentured servitude in our modern world.
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« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2019, 10:15:41 am »

There are more slaves today than in 1863 (or at any other point in history).  Mostly in places without a conscious so there is no point in reporting on it.  We can probably guilt Japan into stopping, no so much the places where it's actually going on in huge numbers.  They don't feel guilt.
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