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Builders in Japan to crack down on unlawful overseas workers

Posted on February 8, 2019
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Builders in Japan to crack down on unlawful overseas workers

General Contractors in Japan will keep digital tabs on overseas workers for their Visa status and technical skills. This is to prevent unlawful employment of these workers. Japan has recently opened its doors wider for more Blue-collar overseas workers.

Takashi Yamauchi Chairman of Japan Federation of Construction Contractors said that the builders will form a system for monitoring. This is by utilizing a database for workers in the construction industry scheduled to be launched fully in April this year.

Overseas workers who enter sites will scrutinize smart cards correlated to data on their employment skills and histories. It will be expanded eventually to include details like Passport numbers and Residency status, as quoted by the Asia Nikkei.

The Federation has around 140 members who are likely to set up the system for monitoring based on the database. It will be set up by the Tourism, Transport, Infrastructure, and Land Ministry along with a foundation in the Construction sector.

The aim of the builders is creating a stable and safe structure for taking in overseas workers. These are expected to arrive in Japan in large numbers under a law set to be enforced from April 2019.

The centralization of monitoring the data for overseas workers aims to assist the builders. It is to ensure that they do not hire people who arrive in Japan through Visitor or Study Overseas Visas. This is likely to make it easy for highly skilled workers to get a suitable salary. It is aimed at alleviating the shortage of workers being faced by companies in Japan.

The system for monitoring will also monitor the participation of overseas workers in social welfare cover. This is to help in improving the management of immigrants in comparison with the locals. The construction sites in Japan employed around 46, 000 members of the nation’s program for a technical internship for training immigrants as of 2018 autumn.

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