Hi Blog. Here’s something received from a friend: A private-sector job placement agency which explicitly says that foreign applicants cannot register (and I have telephoned to confirm, means they will not allow foreigners to apply):
The sign reads “Workers KK”.
Below, “We accept applicants for day-paid jobs, walk-ins fine. Construction, jobs within storage facilities, transport work etc.”
And in parenthesis: “People with foreign nationalities cannot register for our services.”
Address (gleaned from the general website at http://www.workers.co.jp/) for this, the Takadanobaba Branch, is:
■ 高田馬場支店 ■
登録予約可能時間 月～土 11:00～15:00
Well, it goes without saying by now for readers of this site, but this exclusionary sign is unconstitutional and goes against international treaty. It also goes against the Labor Standards Law (Articles 3 and 4), which does not permit discrimination of workers on the basis of nationality etc. (More on that from NUGW site here.)
I called the number on the sign today and talked to a Mr Yoshimura, who confirmed that they do in fact refuse service to foreign workers. That includes all their branches, yes. When I mentioned that this is in violation of the LSL, he said that they are, as of now, considering a revision (doryoku shimasu, was how he put it). I gave him my phone number and email address should they decide to revise their rules and their sign. Meanwhile, another entry for the Rogues’ Gallery within a few days, and I’ll let the labor unions know.
Arudou Debito in Sapporo