Special Report: Foreign interns pay the price for Japan's labor shortage




 
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June 12th, 2014  
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Topic: Special Report: Foreign interns pay the price for Japan's labor shortage


By Alexandra Harney and Antoni Slodkowski HAKUSAN, Japan/HAIMEN, China, June 12 (Reuters) - Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012 was a regular work day at Kameda, a family-owned apparel factory housed in rusting corrugated metal buildings in the western Japanese city of Hakusan. At about 6:30 that morning, Ichiro Takahara, a Japanese union organizer, rolled up outside the dormitory where the women lived. Lu Xindi, Qian Juan and Jiang Cheng were waiting - they had been secretly plotting this move for months. There, they signed up with a labor export company to work in Japan's "foreign technical intern" program, which Tokyo insists is designed to help workers from developing countries learn advanced technical skills.




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