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Questionnaires used in survey of missing foreign interns shown to Diet committee members

  • November 20, 2018
  • , Tokyo Shimbun , p. 1
  • JMH Translation

In connection with the proposed amendments to the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act for the purpose of expanding the intake of foreign workers, the Justice Ministry showed the House of Representatives Committee on Judicial Affairs on Nov. 19 the questionnaires it used to survey foreign technical interns who have gone missing. Opposition committee members who saw these questionnaires revealed to reporters serious cases of violation of the Labor Standards Law, including a case where an intern worked 130 hours every week for a monthly wage of 90,000 yen. Such data illustrated the poor working conditions of the technical interns.

 

Copies of questionnaires administered last year by the Justice Ministry on 2,870 interns who have gone missing on why they went missing and their working conditions were shown at the committee. Information that might reveal personal identity, such as employer, was blacked out. The ministry did not allow photocopying, so certain opposition members took notes and briefed the press.

 

The opposition revealed information on four Vietnamese nationals. According to the questionnaires, they were earning 30,000 to 90,000 yen per month for working 36-130 hours a week.

 

Data from questionnaires on missing technical interns

 

 

Nationality/

sex

Type of Job

Monthly wage/

deduction for utilities

Hours per week

Amount paid to recruiter/debt

A

Vietnamese/

female

Sewing

90,000 yen/

unknown

130

800,000 yen

Unknown

B

Vietnamese/

male

Welding

80,000 yen/

50,000 yen

40

2.3 million yen

2.3 million yen

C

Vietnamese/

female

Farming

30,000-80,000 yen/

unknown

40

1.5 million yen

1.5 million yen

D

Vietnamese/

female

Fisheries product processing

80,000 yen/

50,000 yen

36

1 million yen

1 million yen

 

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