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Japan disqualifies groups supervising foreign trainees in Chiba and Saitama

JIJI

The Immigration Services Agency and labor ministry have revoked the permits of two organizations that supervise foreign technical trainees, after finding that they had concluded improper deals with agencies seeking to send trainees to Japan.

Arrangements entered into by supervisory bodies in the prefectures of Chiba and Saitama with Vietnamese agencies that intended to send trainees to Japan had been inappropriate, the government agencies stated when announcing their decisions Tuesday.

In the case of the Chiba organization, a Vietnamese agency had promised to pay a penalty if any trainee dispatched by the body disappeared, according to the Immigration Agency. In addition, the two sides had no contract about payments required to be made to the Vietnamese agency.

The Saitama organization had struck a deal to receive kickbacks from a different Vietnamese agency.

Neither of the supervisory bodies in Japan have received any technical trainees from Vietnam.

Permits for supervising entities are granted to nonprofit organizations such as regional chambers of commerce and industry, and agricultural and fishing cooperatives.

The licensed entities receive foreign technical trainees and introduce them to related group firms and sole-trader businesses. Those who have their permits revoked cannot obtain new permits for five years.

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