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5,160 foreign trainee employers violated labor laws in 2018

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — A record 5,160 business facilities in Japan employing foreign technical intern trainees were told in 2018 to correct their practices that violated labor-related laws, the labor ministry has said.

The number shot up from 4,226 in 2017 in line with an increase in foreigners working under the country’s Technical Intern Training Program and companies accepting them, according to the ministry’s announcement Thursday.

Of the total, 23.3 percent were told to correct their practices over illegal overtime work, followed by 22.8 percent that infringed safety standards and 14.8 percent that failed to pay additional wages for overtime and work outside regular daytime hours. There were 19 vicious cases on which papers were sent to public prosecutors. In some of the cases, workers endured wage nonpayment for more than a half year and worked 180 hours overtime per month.

Law violations were found at 1,937 facilities in the machinery and metal industry, the largest number by industry.Speech

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