FOCUS: Exploitation by Brokers Feared to Continue under New Visa System

Politics

Tokyo, April 7 (Jiji Press)--A whistle-blowing report on technical trainees from Vietnam was delivered by email in January to a senior male official of a related organization in the Kanto eastern Japan region.

The sender was a Japanese woman who works at a Hanoi-based broker of technical trainees to Japan. "While working here, I sense arrogance toward trainees," she claimed in the email.

The email brought to light a series of problematic actions at the trainee brokerage firm, including extravagant events and fake claims for entertaining expenses. Costs were passed on in fees for sending out trainees, it said.

Officials at the firm are "oblivious to the circumstances of trainees, including their determination to go to Japan even by borrowing money while leaving their families behind," the woman claimed.

At the beginning of this month, Japan introduced new work visas to accept more foreign workers, to tackle domestic labor shortages, but exploitation by malicious labor brokers is feared remaining a serious problem, experts warn.

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