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Japan to drastically review foreign trainee program

  • July 30, 2022
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The Saturday editions of all national dailies wrote that Justice Minister Furukawa told reporters on Friday that the GOJ will set up a panel of experts by the end of this year to discuss a full-scale review of Japan’s foreign technical intern program in order to address human rights issues involving foreign trainees, including harassment, abuse, and low wages. The papers wrote that harassment and abuse of foreign trainees has drawn criticism from overseas. The foreign technical intern program was launched in 1993 as part of Japan’s international contributions through personnel development. Furukawa told reporters that it is necessary to “make the purpose and actual operation of the system consistent.” The minister also said he wants to seek a “historic resolution” of the longstanding issue.

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