Wrong Foreign Trainee Treatment Suspected at 16 Pct of Firms

Politics

Tokyo, March 29 (Jiji Press)--Of Japanese companies and other organizations from which foreign technical trainees have disappeared, some 16 pct were suspected of wrongful treatment including labor law violations, the Justice Ministry said Friday.

Of 4,280 organizations that were found between January 2017 and September 2018 to have experienced trainee disappearances, 662, or 15.5 pct, were suspected of violating the labor standards act or the minimum wage act or engaging in other improper acts, according to a survey report submitted by the ministry to a meeting of relevant cabinet ministers.

The ministry failed to collect answers from 383 organizations due in part to refusal.

In December last year, political parties including the main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan said in a questionnaire survey report that nearly 70 pct of foreign technical trainees who have fled from their hosts may have worked for pay lower than the minimum wages.

The ministry was prompted by the party survey to conduct its own research.

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