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Japan immigration

Japan to step up oversight of employers hiring foreign interns

Program body to bolster staff by 70% to stop illegal overtime and nonpayment

Companies facing labor shortages are turning to the internship program to secure foreign workers.

TOKYO -- Japan will strengthen monitoring of businesses that hire foreign workers under a government-administered technical training program, moving to crack down on illegal overtime hours and nonpayment of wages amid a labor shortage.

The Organization for Technical Intern Training, responsible for overseeing the program, will increase its staff by 70% to roughly 590 in fiscal 2019.

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