The Marketplace | 10 October 2018

Since the government established the intern program in the early 1990s, it has continuously grown. Currently, over 35,000 businesses use it, according to the Organization for Technical Intern Training (OTIT), a government-funded agency set up last year to oversee the program.

Indeed, many interns willingly pay a small fortune to brokers in their home countries to help them get a spot in the program. In the past several years, the number of foreign interns working in Japan has grown more than 75 percent (from 143,308 in 2011 to 251,721 in 2017, according to data from Japan’s Ministry of Justice).



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