(Yomiuri: April 26, 2015 – p. 4)
A total of 241 organizations committed fraudulent practices with respect to foreign technical interns in 2014, a Justice Ministry survey shows. The number was up by 11 cases from a year ago and marked the fourth consecutive increase since the technical intern training program was introduced in 2010.
The ministry found that cases of fraudulent practice totaled 350, down 16 from a year ago. Most were cases of unpaid wages, at142; followed by engagement in work during the training period, at 74; and work not stated in training plans, at 32.
Malicious cases of infringement of human rights were confiscation of passports and residence cards and forcing pregnant interns to return home against their will. There were also cases of employers opening bank accounts without the consent of interns and managing their passbooks and cash cards to prevent them from withdrawing money freely.
By industry, 88 cases of fraudulent practice were committed by agriculture and fishery organizations. Textile and apparel industries were second, at 76 cases, followed by construction companies, at 16.
The government has submitted to the current Diet session a bill to introduce penal regulations to prevent the violation of foreign technical interns’ human rights.