Japan Urged to Improve Labor Conditions at Tokyo Games Sites

Society

Tokyo, May 16 (Jiji Press)--An international labor union federation has found harsh labor conditions at construction sites for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, and urged the organizing committee of the events and the Japan Sport Council to take corrective measures.

According to a report compiled by Geneva-based Building and Wood Workers International, or BWI, some laborers worked for 28 consecutive days at the site for the athletes' village, while others worked for 26 days running at the site for the new National Stadium.

The report also said that some workers had to purchase equipment to protect their bodies out of their own pocket and that a worker felt in danger when some concrete blocks were shaking due to strong winds overhead.

BWI has been surveying labor conditions at construction sites for international events for over 10 years.

The federation started the survey on the Tokyo Games in 2016 and conducted hearings with workers at the new National Stadium, the games' main venue, in February this year.

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