27 foreign trainees died in Japan in FY 2009
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Last Updated: Tuesday, July 06, 2010, 16:04
Tokyo: Twenty-seven foreign nationals who came to Japan for employment under a government-authorised training program died in fiscal 2009, the second worst figure on record, government officials have said.

Most of the workers who died in the year that ended in March were in their 20s to 30s, officials of the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said yesterday.

Of the 27, nine died of brain or heart diseases, four died while working, three died by suicide, three died in bicycle accidents and the remainder died from unknown causes, the officials said.

21 came from China, three from Vietnam, two from the Philippines and one from Indonesia, they said.

The number was the second largest, following the 35 foreign nationals who died in fiscal 2008. This could trigger moves toward revising the government program, first launched in 1993, as a number of irregular practices have recently been observed, such as having foreign trainees work for long hours with below-minimum wages.

"We are taking the figure seriously. We will thoroughly implement conventional measures and instruct (firms) not to let such incidents happen again," a ministry official said.


First Published: Tuesday, July 06, 2010, 16:04

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