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Sunday December 21st 2014

‘Trainees’ Archives

10% of foreign residents have left disaster-hit prefectures

The number of foreign residents in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures dropped 10.5 percent to 30,092 between the end of December and the end of March, according to the Justice Ministry. The number of foreigners declined 1.9 percent nationwide during the same period. "Many foreigners returned to their countries after the disaster and have not returned to Japan as they are concerned about the nuclear crisis" at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant, an official in the ministry's Immigration Bureau said. The number of foreign residents also decreased by 944 in the three prefectures between the end of March and the end of June. Foreign trainees at companies and other entities at the end of [...]

Foreign trainee program ‘like human trafficking’

The U.S. State Department said in its annual Trafficking in Persons Report that some conditions faced by participants in Japan's foreign trainee program were similar to those seen in human trafficking operations. (more…)

Chinese exodus hurts industries dependent on foreign trainees, interns

According to the Japan Textile Federation, about 40,000 foreign interns, 99 percent of whom were from China, worked at textile-related companies before the March 11 quake. Many returned to China after the disasters, creating big difficulties for the companies. At a sewing plant in Tokyo, four interns returned to China in late April, leaving the plant with none. There were five before the quake. While the plant continues to operate with its 21 Japanese workers, it has seen a 30-percent decrease in finished women's clothing. Under such circumstances, some companies are moving away from their dependence on foreign interns. For example, a sewing company in the Tohoku region that serves as a [...]

Media starting to tally the economic effects of foreigner flight

News reports immediately following the March 11 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear plant accident of panicked foreign residents lining up for the first flight home — in many cases advised to flee by their own governments — had the initial result of helping to feed the sense of angst among Japanese that has pervaded much of the postquake reporting. (more…)

Industries left short-handed after foreign workers flee Japan following nuke accident

Tens of thousands of worried foreign workers left Japan shortly after a crisis at the nuclear power plant that was crippled by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, causing serious labor shortages in some industries. (more…)

原発事故:戻らぬ中国人労働者 縫製業は減産も

東日本大震災と東京電力・福島第1原子力発電所事故の影響で、日本国内で働いていた外国人労働者が大量に国外流出した影響が深刻化している。原発事故後に一時、東日本や日本からの避難勧告を出した国々は勧告を解除し、欧米系の外国人は徐々に戻りつつあるが、中国など近隣のアジア系外国人の戻りは鈍いままだ。 (more…)

Loyal Filipinas refuse to abandon elderly patients

"How can I leave these people who are relying on me?" said. Fanai is not the only Filipina who chose to stay on at the home despite the natural disaster and the aftershocks, coupled with the ongoing crisis at the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. Sandra Otacan, 35, said she had no idea the nuclear plant was situated in the same prefecture. Shirakawa sits well beyond a 30-kilometer radius from the plant, the zone the central government asked people to evacuate or stay indoors due to potential radiation exposure. Still her family in Mindanao island said repeatedly that Japan is dangerous when they talked to her on the telephone. Otacan said she tried to reassure them, saying [...]

Flight of Chinese workers leaves Japanese businesses in the lurch

With many of the tens of thousands of workers who had helped fill Japan's labor needs having returned to China after the earthquake and tsunami, the country faces another obstacle to recovery. As the manager of a sleek restaurant in Tokyo's Ginza shopping district, Yu Yoshida never expected he'd be in the kitchen wearing a white chef's hat and wrapping little dumplings. But that's exactly what he was doing this week as customers in this still disaster-shocked city start to drift back, a welcome but also worrisome prospect for the 33-year-old manager. That's because 15 of his workers, all Chinese nationals, bolted within a few days of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, leaving Yoshida [...]

Death from overwork suit filed

The bereaved family of a 31-year-old Chinese intern whose death in 2008 was recognized as resulting from overwork has filed a lawsuit against his employer and an agency that supplies foreign trainees to companies in Ibaraki Prefecture. (more…)

Foreign workers needed: Maehara

Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara called Wednesday for appropriate rules to accept more foreign workers ahead of an anticipated severe labor shortage in rapidly aging Japan, warning that China's eventual "supergraying society" could soak up migrant workers. (more…)

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