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FOREIGN WORKERS

Japan Times
JAPAN / Help Wanted?
Mar 31, 2019
Foreign workers are on the way, but are Japanese businesses ready?
A new visa program designed to lure more workers to Japan takes effect Monday, and government officials and industry leaders hope two new types will help alleviate the national labor shortage.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 29, 2019
Probe reveals 759 cases of suspected abuse and 171 deaths of foreign trainees in Japan
The Justice Ministry's probe into the Technical Intern Training Program confirms growing concerns about a link between the trainees' working conditions and their growing disappearances from companies.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Mar 29, 2019
Vietnamese nun in Tokyo prays for compatriots who lost lives at work in Japan, fearing more to come
Rows of wooden mortuary tablets inscribed with names line an altar at a Buddhist temple in Tokyo — silent testimony to Vietnamese people who died after coming to Japan to work or study.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 26, 2019
Justice Ministry to accept online Japan visa renewals from July, but only by employers and agents
The ministry will start by accepting online applications for visa renewals for employees including highly skilled professionals, university professors, and interns working under the technical trainee program.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Regional voices: Chubu
Mar 24, 2019
Small Japanese firms fear foreign laborers will abandon them when new visas kick in
As Japan braces for a fresh influx of foreign workers from the new visa system starting next month, small and midsize firms fear the system will end up helping only major firms in large cities, since those who qualify for the two new "specified skills" visas will be free to switch companies in the same...
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Mar 20, 2019
Vietnamese blue-collar workers in Japan seen facing risks as labor system opens up
When a young Vietnamese woman found out late last year that she was pregnant after arriving in Japan on a technical trainee visa, she was given a stark choice: "Have an abortion or go back to Vietnam."
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 18, 2019
Education ministry urges local governments to promote school enrollment of foreign students
Their numbers are sure to grow with the coming influx of foreign workers.
JAPAN
Mar 18, 2019
Officials in Japan launch probe after university loses contact with 700 foreign students
The government says some no longer have valid visas.
JAPAN
Mar 15, 2019
Rules issued for firms hiring foreign workers via new system, including pay parity with Japanese
The government released Friday a set of ordinances on how to enlist foreign workers under a new visa system that will start from April, including requiring employers to pay wages equivalent to or higher than those of Japanese nationals.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 11, 2019
Japan to require foreign workers arriving on new visas to submit medical certificates
The Justice Ministry plans to require foreign workers entering the country using new working visas to submit medical certificates, sources with knowledge of the matter have said.
Japan Times
JAPAN / 3/11: Moving forward
Mar 9, 2019
Foreign workers helping Tohoku seafood companies recover from 2011 quake and tsunami
Fish processors are now trying to stem their losses by turning to foreign trainees as firms deal with a severe labor shortage in the region.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 7, 2019
No Japan-wide minimum wage planned to tackle urban-rural gap ahead of foreign influx, says Suga
Earlier in the day, labor ministry officials had explained the idea to ruling lawmakers, but Suga said the ministry isn't considering the move currently.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 25, 2019
Bhutanese exchange students face extortion, threats and hard times in Japan, families say
Many participants say the program is a scam and they are being forced to repay loans by working illegally long hours.
JAPAN
Feb 15, 2019
Cabinet approves limiting health insurance coverage to residents of Japan
The Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe approved a bill Friday that will make Japan's health insurance program for employees applicable only to workers and their dependents residing in the country, to prevent abuse by people from overseas.
EDITORIALS
Feb 12, 2019
Implement support measures for new immigration law
The government needs to accelerate its efforts to take the necessary steps to prepare for welcoming foreign workers.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 10, 2019
Japanese cities worried about taking in more foreign workers, survey finds
The survey, covering all of Japan's more than 1,700 municipalities, also found that 47 percent are in favor of having more workers from abroad.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 7, 2019
Chinese trainee taken into custody after compatriot stabbed to death in Toyama company dorm
A Chinese man enrolled in the technical intern training program was found dead at a company dormitory in Toyama Prefecture on Thursday, and police are questioning another Chinese man over his apparent murder.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Feb 2, 2019
Hokkaido offers nursing scholarships to foreign workers amid labor shortage
Chen Wan-xuan, a student from Taiwan, raises a spoonful of salad to the mouth of an elderly resident at a nursing home in Asahikawa as she speaks quietly to him.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 31, 2019
Japan to toughen controls on brokers for foreign workers as it prepares to bring in blue-collar labor
Placement agencies may have their permits revoked or not be granted if associated brokers overseas collect deposits from workers.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 30, 2019
Local Japanese governments call for more help to cope with expected influx of foreign workers
Japanese cities with large populations of foreign nationals on Tuesday urged the central government to offer more assistance as the country prepares to start accepting workers from overseas under a new visa system.

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