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Vietnamese trainee acquitted in Japan of abandoning stillborn twins

Supreme Court case exposed foreign technical interns' fears of deportation

Lawyers and supporters of Le Thi Thuy Linh head to the Supreme Court in February for an appeal hearing against her conviction for abandoning the bodies of her stillborn twins. The court ultimately found her not guilty.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- A Vietnamese woman accused of abandoning the bodies of her stillborn twins was acquitted in Japan on Friday, in a case that highlighted what her supporters say is the darker side of the country's de facto foreign labor program.

Le Thi Thuy Linh, 24, was arrested in November 2020 while working as a "technical intern" in the southern Japanese prefecture of Kumamoto. After giving birth to stillborn boys, she put their bodies into a cardboard box, sealing it with duct tape and placing it on a shelf in her room. The point of legal dispute had been whether she had left the bodies without burial.

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