News: Group urges protection of foreign migrant workers

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Subject: News: Group urges protection of foreign migrant workers
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Tue Jun 08 1999 - 13:51:22 EDT


I wonder if they work with trafficked people?

melanie......

Group urges protection of foreign migrant workers
Kyodo News Service

TOKYO, June 7 (Kyodo) -- Members of a private group seeking to protect the
rights of foreign migrant workers urged the Japanese government on Monday
to take steps to safeguard the lives and rights of foreign migrant workers
and their families living in Japan.

Members of the National Network in Solidarity with Migrant Workers,
including group co-leader Masao Niwa, met with Chief Cabinet Secretary
Hiromu Nonaka at the official residence of Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi and
handed him a letter addressed to the premier.

In the letter, the group urged the government including the Labor Ministry,
Health and Welfare Ministry and the Justice Ministry to make worker
protection laws such as the Labor Standard Law apply to foreign migrants
workers.

The group also urged the government to ensure provision of social security
and social welfare for foreign migrant workers and to make immigration
procedures more transparent and quick.

The Tokyo-based group has a membership of 86 organizations and about 150
individuals.


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