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Vietnamese workers, streaming to Japan, face risks as labour system opens up

Updated : 2019-03-29 11:43:40

Buoyed by hopes of higher wages but burdened by loans, Vietnamese youth - the fastest-growing group of foreign workers in Japan - will be among those most affected by a new scheme to let in more blue-collar workers that kicks off in April.

Vietnamese who live in Japan celebrate Vietnamese New Year at a Catholic Church in Kawaguchi, near Tokyo. (REUTERS/Issei Kato)
Vietnamese who live in Japan celebrate Vietnamese New Year at a Catholic Church in Kawaguchi, near Tokyo. (REUTERS/Issei Kato)
Vietnamese who live in Japan celebrate the Vietnamese New Year. (REUTERS/Issei Kato)
Vietnamese who live in Japan celebrate the Vietnamese New Year. (REUTERS/Issei Kato)
Technical trainees from Vietnam work at a knitwear factory in Mitsuke, Japan. (REUTERS/Linda Sieg)
Technical trainees from Vietnam work at a knitwear factory in Mitsuke, Japan. (REUTERS/Linda Sieg)
Technical trainees from Vietnam at a  factory in Mitsuke. (REUTERS/Linda Sieg)
Technical trainees from Vietnam at a  factory in Mitsuke. (REUTERS/Linda Sieg)
Vietnamese New Year celebration at a Catholic Church in Kawaguchi. (REUTERS/Issei Kato)
Vietnamese New Year celebration at a Catholic Church in Kawaguchi. (REUTERS/Issei Kato)
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