Foreign labor key to Olympic gold

May 28, 2014

Foreign labor key to Olympic gold

by Masaaki Iwamoto

At a construction site in Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture, worker Fan Xiuyu says he’s too busy to miss the wife and 6-year-old child he left behind in China. “I came to Japan to make money and learn advanced construction techniques,” said Fan, 29, a native ...

Workplaces not yet up to global standards

May 1, 2014

Workplaces not yet up to global standards

by Tomoko Arima

In the spring of 2012, a major Japanese information technology company put a young Iranian man on its payroll in what was supposedly a worthy example of a new Japan embracing globalization. But the man soon discovered in his office that he was in ...

Apr 15, 2014

Flawed foreign labor plan

The Abe administration's sudden plan to use participants in a controversial foreign trainee program to fill manpower shortages in the nation's construction industry smacks of a ploy that benefits only Japan. The government must first consider how these workers' rights will be protected as ...