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Difference between proposed foreign worker visas, technical intern program

  • November 24, 2018
  • , Yomiuri , p. 3
  • JMH Translation

“specialized skills” visas

 

Technical Intern Training Program (TITP)

To take in foreign workers, including unskilled workers, in sectors with labor shortage

Objective

For trainees from developing countries to bring home skills they acquired in Japan

— 14 sectors, including agriculture, construction, under consideration

— Maximum period of stay for Type 1 visa is 5 years, permanent residence possible for Type 2 visa

System

— Covers 80 sectors, including agriculture, construction

— Maximum period of stay is 5 years

— Difficult to change employer

— Put in place support systems, proper work environment in order to attract high-quality talents

— Wages “at least on par with Japanese workers” required; change of jobs allowed in the same sector

— Companies guilty of using illegal recruiters will be banned from hiring foreign workers for five years

Issues, remedial measures

— Many trainees went missing due to poor work environment

— Many cases of trainees being used as “cheap labor”

— Inspection regime tightened after enactment of law on proper implementation of TITP, protection of trainees in November 2017

 

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