Migrant Workers in Japan – Conditions Akin to Slavery According to UN Report KehlBayern May 11, 2015 Documentary, Video 1 Comment The Worst Internship Ever: Japan’s Labor Pains from VICE News In desperate need of unskilled labor, some firms in Japan are abusing its “guest worker” program by subjecting laborers to poor living conditions and pay One United Nations report called some of the conditions that migrant workers face in Japan akin to “slavery.” Low-pay, low-skill labor is in high demand in Japan as the birth rate declines and the population ages. Still a heavily industrial country, Japan has started to import labor into the country but has not applied the same rights, or given the same pay, to its foreign migrant workers as it does Japanese domestic labor. Activists in Japan are currently fighting for a reform of the law and, given Japan’s increasing desperation for labor, there is some hope of meaningful reform in the long term. If you enjoyed this short documentary about worker’s rights in Japan, you may also like: Food Poverty in the United Kingdom Slavoj Žižek On Buddhism and Capitalism Hong Kong Protests – Documentary Video For more on Japan, click here. Demagaga’s favorite documentary videos from around the world – click here.