Asahi Shinbum | 9 November 2018

As Japan moves to expand acceptance of overseas workers, technical intern trainees voiced their plight in the Diet, describing being bullied, paid extremely low wages and suffering accidents on the job.

Eighteen trainees attended a Nov. 8 hearing to give Diet members a better understanding of the realities workers face under the Technical Intern Training Program system, with five of them speaking about their experiences.

A Chinese woman in her 30s who had worked at a paper processing company in Shizuoka Prefecture said she faced abusive treatment that drove her to try to end her life.

“I attempted suicide by jumping from the building of the company I worked at because I became the target of power harassment and bullying, and I was not given a chance to transfer to a different section,” she said.



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