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Don't use foreign trainees to fix labor shortage: Japan's new law

Reports of rampant human rights abuses prompt action by authorities

Vietnamese technical interns in Ho Chi Minh City in September last year participate in a training session on assembling reinforcing bars as part of construction work before they head to Japan.

TOKYO -- Japanese businesses are gradually warming to the idea of accepting foreign technical trainees to work in Japan. But criticism is growing amid reports of rampant human rights abuses, and pressure is growing to ensure compliance with new labor regulations.

A new law designed to improve working conditions of such people, enacted in November last year, stipulates greater accountability from about 2,000 supervisory groups such as business cooperatives, as well as companies and farms that accept trainees via the groups under their supervisory and instruction.

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