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How Japan’s Labor Trainee Program Hurts Relations With Vietnam

The Diplomat, Japan, 8 October - If Japan intends to keep relations warm with Vietnam, the government needs to scrap the long-troubled TITP, which stands accused of enabling labor rights abuses.

In the blossoming bilateral relationship between Japan and Vietnam, there is a thorn.

The Technical Intern Trainee Program (TITP) – ostensibly a Japanese initiative to upskill individuals from neighboring, developing countries – has continuously attracted international condemnation for being a “back-door” passage for cheap labor migration into Japan, in order to counter the country’s lack of workers in low-skilled economic sectors.

Vietnamese are now the fastest growing group of foreigners in Japan, numbering 410,000 in 2019 and they account for almost half of the trainees in the TITP program.

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Source: https://thediplomat.com/2020/10/how-japans-labor-trainee-program-hurts-relations-with-vietnam/

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