On Feb. 19, the Osaka prefectural police arrested three staffing companies’ representatives and others for illegally finding jobs for Vietnamese interns who had fled from their Technical Intern Training Program (TITP) workplaces. The charge is violation of the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act (encouraging illegal work), the Asahi Shimbun learned from sources related to the investigation. The Osaka prefectural police suspect that those arrested used SNS to solicit the Vietnamese technical interns who had fled from their TITP workplaces and helped them find a job; thereby, earning a brokerage fee.
According to investigative sources, the three suspects are Atsushi Ota, 42, representative of “Connect” staffing company in Moriyama Ward, Nagoya City; Hiroaki Matsumura, 47, president of “MTS” staffing company in Nagahama City, Shiga Prefecture; and Satoru Matsumura, 45, a senior official at MTS.
The allegation is that from September 2018 through November 2019, the suspects conspired together to illegally have five male Vietnamese work at a chemical company in Osaka Prefecture and its plant in Shiga Prefecture. The five Vietnamese either had a visa status that was expired or they were not qualified to work at a place other than a TITP program workplace.
Ota apparently solicited Vietnamese technical interns who had fled from their TITP workplaces and introduced them to MTS, which then dispatched the Vietnamese to the chemical company and its plant, investigative sources said.
The five Vietnamese were arrested by the Osaka prefectural police for overstaying their visas or engaging in activities other than those permitted under the status of residence they had been granted. Four of the five Vietnamese have been indicted. According to the records of the trial, all five of the Vietnamese were TITP technical interns who fled from their authorized workplaces. The chemical company paid an hourly wage of 1,750 yen per person to MTS, but the Vietnamese men only received about 1,100 yen per hour, according to sources.