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Mitsubishi and Panasonic banned from hiring foreign interns

Companies complain about the system's rigidity as labor shortage worsens

The ban affects 27 Filipino trainees at this Mitsubishi Motors factory in Okazaki, in central Japan. (Photo courtesy of Mitsubishi Motors)

TOKYO -- Four Japanese companies, including Mitsubishi Motors and Panasonic, have been forced to cancel internships for technical trainees from overseas after they were found to have treated workers improperly.

The decision by the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare on Friday covers 136 interns in all. This includes 27 at Mitsubishi, who were assigned tasks different from what the company had outlined in its application, and 82 at Panasonic, which was fined for violating labor laws. 

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