Japan moving on to the next sucker societies for cheap or slave labor: Cambodia and Vietnam


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Hi Blog. I’ve been contacted by a source in western Honshu (who knows Cambodia very well) that the Japanese Government (GOJ) is now sucking labor from the next sucker society:

October 16, 2015
From XY:
Hi Debito Hope all’s well!
I am getting a LOT of messages these days from friends in Cambodia asking about the opportunities for their friends to work in Japan. I tell them the conditions are tough and the climates a killer (for them) but they say it’s better than the sweatshops in their homeland.

One of my Cambodian friends is in Kumamoto for a year and a half on a study program. He just got here. He is freezing his ass off already and wants me to send him clothes (he doesn’t have money to buy any, he needs his small allowance for food). Poor guy.

Anyhow, I had no idea Japanese companies are doing so much serious recruiting in Cambo and Vietnam these days… The impoverished Cambodians are coming here in droves.

Messaging a businessman in Cambo right now, he wants to provide labor to Japanese companies. Do you think they are treating these foreign workers better than in the past, or is it the same thing?

I responded:
It’s the same thing. Japan’s reputation has run sour in Brazil/Peru, China, The Philippines, and Indonesia. Japan is just moving on to another set of suckers. It would love to get their hands on Burmese too.

Debito.org Readers, let’s keep our eyes open for articles and GOJ policy papers on how Japan’s moving on to the next impoverished country to import and exploit as cheap or slave labor. Dr. ARUDOU, Debito

6 comments on “Japan moving on to the next sucker societies for cheap or slave labor: Cambodia and Vietnam

  • Jim di Griz says:

    I can’t say I’m surprised to see this, but I am saddened. What makes Cambodians and Vietnamese think they’ll be treated any better that the slave-labor like conditions J-Inc has imposed on every other ethnic group it has tried to import to cover its labor shortages?

    Interestingly, at the same time Abe is ‘urging very strongly’ that J-Inc raise salaries, J-Inc is seeking to force salaries lower through backing cheap imported NJ labor;


    Summary; the left hand is working against the right hand.

    Nothing will change as long as NJ keep coming. Given the fact that J-Inc labor abuses have soured Japan’s international image to the point where Japan has to give up on a country and move on to the next, and given that all previous efforts to attract skilled workers have failed (as I pointed out the other day), the question we should be asking is ‘How and why does Japan cling to the myth that NJ are beating down Japan’s door to get in, when all the evidence (and govt. policy) is to the contrary?’.

    — Because Japan sees itself as rich and special.

  • @ Dr. Debito,

    Sure, so how do they reconcile that with the failure of their efforts to attract the NJ workers they need?

    — Because foreigners have so much trouble understanding and fitting in with Japan’s rich and special society. It’s the NJs’ fault.

  • Can somebody point to an article that describes how these foreign “trainees” (exploited cheap wage labor) will be treated once they arrive in Japan? How much will they be paid, how are they distributed to Japanese companies, term period, visa rules, etc etc.

    — Um, follow some of the links I provided? That’s why I took the trouble to provide them.

  • Loverilakkuma says:

    Unfortunately, many people from these two countries set their foot on Japan without enough input about the type of visa and SOR–partly due to little availability of inside information about work-visa scheme and rampant illicit human trafficking on their home soil.

    Abe’s Mizuho-no-kuni narrative is nothing more than a euphemism for JOL-Mart(Japanese Own Luxury) capitalism. Recent agreement on TPP will likely encourage more outsourcing of NJ for human rights abuse.

  • Unfortunately, people without education (which is what I assume is meant by providing labor) are bound to be exploited. The best advice to give these people is to get some kind of college education. Get into a Japanese university and major in an engineering discipline. If you can write code there are plenty of excellent jobs for you. But if you are coming here to dig ditches, well, it’s going to be tough.

    — So you’re blaming them for their plight? How kind of you. And this magic wand of a Japanese university education you’re waving around is pretty ignorant too.


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