TOKYO -- Nissan Motor made 45 foreign trainees carry out tasks that are not specified in a plan that the company submitted to the government, Nikkei learned on Wednesday.
The automaker also said there may be about 150 additional individuals whose hours do not meet the required levels under the government-regulated Technical Intern Training Act for foreign nationals.
Nissan plans to report the possible violations to the Organization for Technical Intern Training, which oversees the program.
In May, Mitsubishi Motors was found to have made Filipino trainees perform work not included in its training plan.
According to Nissan, 41 of the 45 trainees are Indonesian, and the other four are Filipinos. The unreported work was performed at the company's Yokohama and Oppama plants, both south of Tokyo. In one instance, trainees meant to learn plastic molding skills were instead made to paint bumpers. The company said it put the trainees in the positions spelled out for them on Wednesday.
The 150 trainees whose hours did not meet the program's conditions were spread over four plants, including factories in Tochigi and Fukushima prefectures, north of Tokyo.
"We think our staff on the ground may not have fully understood the system," a Nissan representative said. "We'll do what we can to enhance our compliance."