National Jul 18, 2014

Tanigaki vows internship revamp, foreign-friendly policies

by Tomohiro Osaki

Addressing the foreign press, Justice Minister Sadakazu Tanigaki on Thursday reaffirmed his commitment to revamping the foreign trainee program, which critics say is rife with human rights violations. Speaking at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan, Tanigaki trumpeted a range of initiatives Japan is undertaking ...

National Jan 16, 2014

Man arrested for pocketing salaries of illegal Cambodian trainees

Police said Thursday they have arrested a man on suspicion of pocketing around ¥5 million from the salaries of Cambodians working illegally in Japan as trainees. Hirokazu Inatomi, 64, a former senior official of the Inaho cooperative union in Shimotsuma, Ibaraki Prefecture, allegedly told five ...

National Jul 7, 2010

Probe urged over 27 foreign trainee deaths in Japan in fiscal 2009

Twenty-seven foreign nationals died in fiscal 2009 after coming to Japan for employment under a government-authorized training program, the second-highest figure on record. Most of the workers who died were in their 20s to 30s, officials at the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said. Nine died ...