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Japan: Recruiter criticized over list ranking foreign trainees by nationality

Author: Shusuke Murai, Japan Times, Published on: 27 November 2016

... It gave 18 out of 20 points to trainees from Myanmar in the “caregiver qualification” category, while giving the lowest 10 points to trainees from Cambodia. The organization says the score was based on whether the trainees have the mindset to offer sincere care or respect elders. It also gave 20 points to Myanmar in the “gap in wages” category, while giving four points to Thailand. The category identified differing economic gaps between trainees’ homes and Japan, suggesting that those with larger income gaps would be “less likely to give up their work even in hard conditions,” the guide explained. Ippei Torii, head of Solidarity Network with Migrants Japan, a support group for foreign workers, said the list represents the real intention of Japanese companies in general, which see the foreign trainee program as a source of cheap labor. ...

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