Two Japanese firms in Myanmar suspected of illegal labour exports

Two Japanese companies are suspected of illegally sending nine Myanmar workers to Japan who were intercepted at Yangon International Airport on Sunday.

U Sai Sithu of the Myanmar Overseas Employment Agencies Federation said the two firms did not follow procedures for sending Myanmar workers overseas.

“Due to weak enforcement of Myanmar laws, the firms sent the workers after the recruitment letters were approved, which they thought was legal and normal,” he said.

On Sunday, immigration officials at Yangon airport detained nine Myanmar citizens on their way to Japan who had no work visas. Immigration officials also detained two Japanese nationals and one Myanmar interpreter who was with them.

The workers – two women and seven men – were turned over to the Anti-Human Trafficking police.

Officials found that the two Myanmar women were being sent to Japan by a Japanese firm that operates a bandage factory in Monywa city, Sagaing Region, to be apprenticed to the main factory in Japan. The firm has been sending workers to Japan since 2016.

“They sent two women at a time. The workers are residents of Monywa. Their monthly salary was K145,000 (US$99). When they return from Japan, they work for the same salary for three years,” U Sai Sithu. “Their appointment letters were not legitimate.”

The other Japanese company was responsible for sending the seven male workers. The company, which is registered in Myanmar as an auto parts firm, sends engineering students to Japan on tourist visas after paying US$2800.

U Sai Sithu said the federation has sought help in the investigation from the Myanmar Embassy in Tokyo.

Source: Myanmar Times

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