A Filipino trainee housekeeper receives tuition from Japanese staffing company Pasona Group. Photo: Bloomberg

‘I was spat on, peed on, spanked’: as Filipino workers head for Japan, words of warning

  • Tokyo’s new openness to foreign workers is expected to lure more than 50,000 Filipinos to the country by 2025
  • But would-be expats should be cautious – not only is the work hard, experts warn flawed labour policies lead to abuse
Topic |   Japan

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A Filipino trainee housekeeper receives tuition from Japanese staffing company Pasona Group. Photo: Bloomberg
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People protest in Tokyo against Japanese PM Shinzo Abe’s legislation clearing the way for more foreign workers. Photo: Bloomberg

Japan: now open to foreign workers, but still just as racist?

  • Japan is opening its doors to blue-collar workers from overseas to fill the gaps left by an ageing population
  • Resident ‘gaijin’ warn that the new recruits – whom the government refuses to call ‘immigrants’ – might not feel so welcome in Japan
Topic |   Racism

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People protest in Tokyo against Japanese PM Shinzo Abe’s legislation clearing the way for more foreign workers. Photo: Bloomberg
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