Consultation of foreign technical intern trainees on “false voluntary retirement” in Corona September 13 at 4:25 a.m.
It was found that there was a succession of consultations from foreign technical intern trainees working in Japan who were fired due to the effects of the new coronavirus but had to retire on their their wishes. The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare will continue to grasp the actual situation and consider countermeasures.
According to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, there were 3104 foreign technical intern trainees who were fired from companies due to the effects of the new coronavirus as of last month.
On the other hand, in addition to being able to grasp the country, it was found that there was a succession of consultations among support groups that they had been fired from their jobs but had their desired retirement.
Some of them appealed to company representatives that they wanted to continue working, but were forced to agree to retire at their own convenience for more than three hours.
Support groups believe that only a part of the consultation was connected.
The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare will continue to grasp the actual situation and consider countermeasures.
In April, the government approved a change of job to another industry that was not approved by the system to support laid-off trainees, and began special measures to allow them to work for up to a year.
According to the Ministry of Justice, if a trainee retires for his/her own convenience, he/she is not subject to special measures, but if he/she can confirm that he or she has lost his or her job due to the effects of the new coronavirus, he/she is allowed to change his/her job.
However, according to the support group, there are many trainees who cannot speak Japanese well, and it is difficult to prove that they are not retiring at their own convenience, so the challenge is how to support trainees who have lost their jobs.
Trainees who were “self-retired” are unable to return home and find it difficult to get a new job.
Foreign technical intern trainees who have been “retired at their own convenience” are not able to return home, find it difficult to find new jobs, and have great anxiety.
Vietnamese Cao Van Sung, 27, came to Japan last October as a foreign technical intern trainee and worked for a building maintenance company in Tokyo.
While living in a company dormitory, I was in charge of making beds for hotels.
However, work at the hotel began to decrease due to the influence of the new coronavirus in March, and the day to wait in the dormitory of the company continued.
In order to come to Japan as a trainee, Mr. Song borrowed about one million yen in expenses such as travel expenses and immigration procedures in Vietnam.
Because of this, I appealed to the company to continue working in Japan.
However, in May, the company indicated that he was returning to Japan to improve his Japanese language skills in his home country, and he was forced to retire for his own reasons.
Son says he was persuaded for three hours surrounded by company representatives and had to sign a letter.
After losing his job and home, Mr. Son was protected by the NPO Japan-Vietnam Support Association, a support group in Tokyo, and has been living with vietnamese people who have been protected in the same way since last month.
Since April, the government has switched the status of residence of interns who have been fired due to the effects of the new coronavirus from “Technical Intern Training” so that they can work in 14 industries such as agriculture and nursing care.
With this special measure, you can work in Japan for up to one year.
However, if, like Mr. Son, the trainee is retired for his own convenience, it is not subject to special measures.
For this reason, the support group explains to the government that Mr. Son did not leave the company of his own will, and is proceeding with the procedure so that he can work for a new company.
Mr. Son said, “I’m really disappointed that I quit because of my own reasons, even though I don’t want to go back home now because I’m in debt and I have old parents. I didn’t know what to do if I can’t connect with support groups, so I’m really relieved now. I want to get a new job and work.”
Jiho Yoshimizu, head of the NPO Japan-Etsu Tokii Support Association, said, “In many cases, the company is forced to retire at its own convenience even if the person in question wants to continue working. I want to help them find new jobs as much as possible.”
Accepted company “Receiving the retirement report in the hope that the person in question will return to Japan”
A building maintenance company in Tokyo, where Mr. Son worked as a technical intern trainee, told NHK, “I received the retirement report because he wanted to return home. I provided funds for my future life and a room in the company’s dormitory after I retired, but I rely on support groups at my own request, so I’ll leave it up to them to do so.”
Special Measures for Switching Status of Residence Expert “It’s Not Easy”
Yoshihisa Saito, an associate professor at Kobe University who is familiar with foreign labor issues, believes that the background of companies’ “retirement of foreign technical intern trainees” may result in stricter national examinations when new trainees are accepted in the future, and that there is an intention to avoid trouble.
The Immigration and Residence Control Agency of the Ministry of Justice told NHK, “Even if there is a notification of retirement at your own convenience, if you can confirm that you have been fired due to the effects of the new Coronavirus in effect, you can switch your status of residence and work for another company with special measures.”
However, Associate Professor Saito said, “It is difficult for the government to grasp each case, and the reality is that it is not possible to switch the status of residence unless the trainee can prove that it is not a self-convenient retirement, and I don’t think that is an easy thing to do. In the end, trainees lose the opportunity to change jobs.”
On that basis, he said, “How much Japanese society depends on foreigners has become more apparent in the corona. The government should go out of its way to protect trainees who have lost their jobs and match them to new jobs. If that’s financially difficult, we should be flexible, such as making it easier to work for another company.”