Sunday, May 21, 2017

“Slave labor” in the backyard: Introduction of a video “Technical interns, beware!”

“Slave labor” in the backyard: Introduction of a video “Technical interns, beware!”

This 15-minute video clearly depicts what is going on in the backyard of Japanese society. These young Burmese girls came to Japan as technical interns with the following contract: Dressmaking at 120,000 Japanese yen per month, from 8am to 5pm from Monday to Saturday with Sundays off. Each of them paid 800,000 yen to a local organizer. However, the president of their workplace took too big of a cut, and they actually received only 50,000 to 70,000 yen a month. In addition, they had to work from 8am to 10pm everyday almost without holidays. They had to live in an old and dirty apartment (photo). It is painful to hear their testimonies. They had no choice but to escape this terrible situation in a year, but the “local organizer” has sued them in a court in Myanmar (Burma) as a breach of contract. In this video, IBUSUKI Shoichi, their attorney, clearly explains that the “technical internship” program carried out in the name of international contributions is actually “modern-day slavery”. (M)  



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