Abuse and Exploitation

Vice doc on “internships” in Japan, where foreigners (Chinese, Vietnamese, Filipino) are brought into the notoriously xenophobic country to do unskilled labor (construction, garment industry) under the guise of a program intended to teach foreigners advanced job skills.

It’s not easy to be a migrant worker in any country, but in Japan it sounds like a real nightmare.  As mentioned in the video, Japan has a serious labor shortage and it’s only going to get worse.  Either they get used to immigration as a norm or, well, nobody’s really sure but it won’t be pretty when hospitals are filled with the elderly and there aren’t enough nurses and doctors to take care of them.

South Korea also has a problem with too many old people and not enough young ones, but at least it’s taking baby steps towards a more welcoming attitude toward foreigners.

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