Record No. of Foreign Trainee Employers Violate Labor Laws in 2016


Tokyo, Aug. 9 (Jiji Press)—A record number of employers accepting trainees from abroad under Japan's Technical Intern Training Program violated labor laws in 2016, the Ministry of Labor said Wednesday.

The number of factories, offices, and other business bases where such law violations were found came to 4,004 across the country, the highest level since 2003, the earliest year for the existing data, the ministry said.

The number rose by 309 from the previous year, reflecting an increase in the number of trainees.

Law violations related to illegal overtime accounted for 24% of the total. Failures to take necessary safety measures came next with a share of 19%, followed by cases of unpaid extra pay with a 14% share.

One employer was found to have failed to pay a total of ¥24 million to 17 trainees.

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