Life is tough enough for migrant workers who travel to Japan for employment. So pity those who lack a support network to help them through health care matters, workplace stress and general blowing off steam.

That is why employment agency Esperanca Estrela, which hires a large number of Brazilians for temporary work in Isesaki, Gunma Prefecture, helps its foreign workers and their families participate in social gatherings.

Esperanca Estrela President Hidetoshi Miyazawa, 54, said his annual barbeques provide an environment for his employees to let their hair down.