Record no. of foreign trainee employers violate labor laws in '16
Jiji -- Aug 10
A record number of employers accepting trainees from abroad under Japan's Technical Intern Training Program violated labor laws in 2016, the labor ministry said Wednesday.

The number of factories, offices and other business bases where such law violations were found came to 4,004 across the country, the highest level since 2003, the earliest year for the existing data, the ministry said.

The number rose by 309 from the previous year, reflecting an increase in the number of trainees.

Law violations related to illegal overtime accounted for 24 pct of the total. Failures to take necessary safety measures came next with a share of 19 pct, followed by cases of unpaid extra pay with a 14 pct share.

News source: Jiji
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