FOCUS: Moment of truth as Japan eyes review of foreign "trainee" workers

Politics Economy

Desperate to secure labor for his small factory, Toshiaki Funakubo turned to Chinese "trainees," who came to Japan to acquire technical expertise and skills, for about two decades until around 2010, the time when China overtook Japan as the world's second-largest economy. He treated them just like other workers. He invited them to his house for New Year's celebrations, and they went on trips together. But he now believes relying on such trainees, just because labor is in short supply, would not make small and midsize companies stronger because they could only stay a limited number of years. He...

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