• Minamisaku, Nagano

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Regarding Shinogabu Chiba’s Aug. 31 letter, “Trainees a burden in these times“: I, too, think the government’s program for foreign trainees is inappropriate, but from a different perspective. I assume that most of the “trainees” are here to earn money and not to be trained.

I am a farmer and this is the fourth year that we’ve accepted trainees from China. Fortunately, all the young men who have worked with us so far during the hectic season have been cheerful, diligent people. They call me “Okasan.” Their work is indispensable to our business.

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