In a headline straight from my generator, the Japan Times produces another load of skewed bollocks. First, the photo is of an Indonesian nurse, but as far as I understand, the system for nursing students can no way be described as “slavery”.
The article is built around this argument:
Japan is desperately short of workers to pay taxes to fund pensions and health care for its rapidly graying population
However, this is, I believe, a false premise. If the idea was to support the tax base, surely one person on a wage of, say, 4 million yen will pay more tax than two people on 2 million yen, once one takes into account personal allowances. Furthermore, there are tax breaks for taking in trainees, so surely from a government standpoint the trainee program is a cost, not a benefit. Additionally, the trainees can get a large percentage of their pension payments back when they leave the country, so again the trainee system is a terrible way to increase the tax base.
by comparison, around 13 percent of British residents are foreign-born
How much does the EU contribute to this, and how much do former colonies contribute?
Japan allows no unskilled workers into the country amid fears by some they would threaten the nation’s culture of consensus, an argument others view as mere cover for xenophobia.
The good old “some” and “others”. And aren’t the trainees unskilled by definition?
The (Japanese) government did not prosecute or convict forced labor perpetrators despite allegations of labor trafficking in the TTIP
Perhaps the allegations were merely allegations, thus not prosecuted? I also seem to recall prosecutions for abuse of the trainee program, but not specifically for “forced labor”.
Past allegations include unpaid overtime work, karoshi (death from overwork), and all kinds of harassment, including company managers restricting the use of toilets or demanding sexual services.
I’m glad to see that the trainees are having the full range of experiences of working in Japan.