The government on Thursday revoked the credentials of a body that supervises companies accepting foreign trainees in the first such move since the program was introduced last year.

Creative Net, a cooperative association based in Kasai, Hyogo Prefecture, was found to have submitted false records on training at three companies it had been supervising. In a related move, the Justice Ministry also withdrew its approvals for intern training plans for a total of 11 Thai women who had been accepted by the companies.

Under the government's Technical Intern Training Program, foreign trainees are required to take Japanese-language courses and receive guidance on daily life in Japan during the first two months after they arrive in the country. They are not allowed to start working during that period.