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Foreign workers feel the pain of ‘corona job cuts’ in Japan

first_imgThe coronavirus pandemic has hit Japan’s economy hard and many factories, including those of carmakers, are scaling back production.Foreign workers are particularly vulnerable, with a weaker support network and language barriers that prevent them from seeking government help.Union groups, labor lawyers and nonprofit organizations say foreign workers such as Yamashita are the first to lose jobs in “corona cuts”, which they fear may expand to the kind of mass layoffs seen in the 2008 financial crisis.Last month, the Japan Center for Economic Research estimated that if Japan’s GDP contracted by 25 percent this year, the unemployment rate would reach 5% and about 2 million people could lose their jobs. Topics : In March and April, a labor organization based in Mie, a manufacturing center about 300km west of Tokyo, received 400 consultations from laborers who were affected by the coronavirus. About 330 were foreign workers.”Foreign workers on short-term contracts are laid off first,” because they’re easier to fire, Union Mie organizer Akai Jimbu said.Last year, 34.5 percent of foreign employees in Mie were temporary workers, compared with the national average of 2.5 percent.”It’s almost like they’re hired so that they can be fired when the going gets tough,” Jimbu said. “They’re just a spare bolt in the eyes of the employer.”‘First to go’Japan has become increasingly reliant on foreign labor. With a third of its population over 65 and a smaller working population, the government has eased some immigration restrictions.More than 1.6 million foreign workers supported the Japanese economy as of October 2019 – a four-fold increase from 2008.A labor ministry official told Reuters the ministry does not officially track the number of foreign workers laid off because it provides “support to all workers” regardless of their nationality.Still, the government recently allocated 370 million yen ($3.46 million) to improve multilingual support for foreigners at unemployment offices and online.But most foreign workers don’t turn to the government for help. While Union Mie handled hundreds of consultations this year through mid-April, the local labor ministry office saw only seven.Kaori Nakao, a Japanese-Brazilian woman, sought help from the union when her employer laid her off from a car component factory at the end of March.The company told her she was being fired because of coronavirus-related production cuts. Nakao, 38, was also ordered to leave her company apartment.Pregnant with her fourth child and with no savings, she asked Union Mie for help.Last month, union members and Nakao protested outside her employer’s office and the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Thermal Systems factory where she worked.Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Thermal Systems declined to comment because it did not employ Nakao.”I just want to work,” Nakao said. “I have zero money and I can’t even buy food for my children.”Yamashita, who is still looking for jobs, said he had found an open position at another car parts factory a few weeks ago.The contract was only for three months – maybe even less. Still, Yamashita said, it was something. He interviewed for the job, and was looking forward to a respite from searching.But then he got a call. The position wasn’t available anymore.”We are the first to go,” he says of foreigners working in Japan. “I already know about that.”center_img Eight years after arriving from Brazil, Rennan Yamashita sat in a government office in central Japan, filling out forms for unemployment insurance after losing his job for the ninth or 10th time – he has lost count.Some weeks earlier, he was laid off from his job at a car parts factory. He only held that job for four months.”If they need you, they hire you; if they don’t need you, they’ll fire you. It’s simple like that,” said Yamashita, 31.last_img read more

ICPO wary of surge in illegal gambling activities

first_imgILOILO City – The enhanced communityquarantine could drive economically-displaced people to play games of chancefor money. On March 23, the following were caughtin Barangay Quintin Salas, Jaro: Mary Cris Sara, 29; Brixo Liboon, 59; andVictor Villarin, 47, all of Barangay MV Hechanova, Jaro. The five recent anti-illegal gamblingpolice operations were conducted in the City Proper and Jaro district. The quarantine is being imposed tostop the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The very limitedmovement of people and unavailability of public transport have forced manypublic and private businesses and offices to temporarily shut down, leavingpeople out of work and income-less. Also arrested on March 29 for “pusoy”but in Barangay Rizal Pala-Pala were Marvin Ilastron, 36; Remando Avilla, 55;Allan Arcones, 50; Carlos Nacaase, 42, of Barangay Tanza Timawa, Zone II, CityProper; and Joem Palomo for illegal cock derby. On March 29 the following persons werearrested in Barangay Tanza Timawa, City Proper for “pusoy”:  Rodolfo Cuambot, 30, and relatives, Ronil Cuambot,30; Joey Carbaquil, 35; Joebert Carbaquil, all of Barangay Washington,Escalante City, Negros Occidental; Oliver Cuambot, 28, of Sigma, Capiz;Bonifacio Jaspe, 31, of Cadiz City, Negros Occidental; Ronel Faigones, 18, ofBarangay Tigmarabo, Miag-ao, Iloilo; and RJ Labrador, 32, of Perasol Street,Binagawan, Iloilo. On the other hand, Rodolfo Bajade, 24,of Barangay South Fundidor, Molo district and Julius Borro, 25, of BarangayCalaparan, Arevalo district were also arrested. In the same period last year, the citypolice carried out only one anti-illegal gambling operation, said PoliceCaptain Shella Mae Sangrines, city police office information officer. The Iloilo City Police office (ICPO)is wary of a surge in illegal gambling activities. Seventeen people were arrested forillegal gambling here in five police operations from March 20 to 30, ICPO datashowed. On the other hand, the ICPO recordedonly two cases of theft between March 20 to 30. Last year in the same period,it monitored 13 cases./PNlast_img read more

Volleyball club ‘Una’ double champions in Italy

first_imgAs a part of Day of Italian Republic, in Milano, Rho Municipality from 23 to 28 April, series of events were held and among them was V FMA International Volleyball Tournament, and 18 teams from Italy, Spain, Poland and BIH participated.The only representative of BiH was the team of Women volleyball club ‘Una’ from Bosanska Krupa who was in the group B where they defeated team from Italy and team from Poland and thus have qualified to finals where they defeated the host Gioisso and won yet another golden medal for the first place.Also, young volleyball team (U-14) won the first place in their category.(Source: krupljani.ba)last_img read more

Wow! Liverpool XI for first game v Stoke compared to team that lost 6-1 against same opponents

first_img 3 Liverpool players, including former captain Steven Gerrard, react during last season’s 6-1 defeat to Stoke 3 3 Following last season’s 6-1 final day drubbing at the hands of Stoke, Liverpool will be on the hunt for revenge when the teams meet again in their historic opening game of the new Premier League campaign.The Reds were absolutely woeful that day, as Steven Gerrard’s illustrious Liverpool career came to a sorry end, despite finding the net with his side’s only goal, with the club’s worst competitive defeat since 1963.But Brendan Rodgers’ side have a chance for redemption on August 9, when, for the first time ever in English football, they travel to the Britannia Stadium for a second consecutive league fixture on the opening day of the season.And, following a productive summer transfer window, Rodgers is sure to field a new and improved side. So let’s have a look on how they could line up…Stoke 6-1 Liverpool – Liverpool starting XI Stoke v Liverpool 2015/16 – Predicted starting XI: Liverpool’s impressive early business has seen them address most of their problem areas, with the main coup being £32.5million man Christian Benteke, who Rodgers is hoping will finally end the Reds’ striker woes.Daniel Sturridge could well form another lethal partnership upfront with his new team-mate, but the Belgian will have to go it alone in the first few games with the England striker out injured until September.With the Anfield futures of Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert still uncertain, it leaves Danny Ings and Divock Origi also available, though it is likely Benteke will be drafted straight into the first-team against the Potters.The frequent line-up changes last term indicated Rodgers’ dissatisfaction with his squad, so the arrivals of both James Milner and Roberto Firmino are great boosts for the manager, especially with both players’ ability – along with playmaker Philippe Coutinho – to provide for Benteke, who the side will likely be built around.But the most important signing of all might prove to be £12.5million signing Nathaniel Clyne, who is a big upgrade on Emre Can and Glen Johnson at right-back.Departed defender Johnson endured a tough final season for the Reds and it was no surprise to see him leave for free. While Can has promise in midfield, his performances in defence showed why they needed a direct replacement.Clyne’s sheer speed makes him a vital asset in defence as well as providing support in attack, and he could shine as a wing-back, too, if Rodgers continues to experiment with a back-three.Meanwhile, Alberto Moreno might not have enjoyed the best debut season for the Reds, but he showed his attacking presence at times (the wonderful goal against Tottenham comes to mind) and could come into his own on the flank this time around.However, he has competition for places this season, with Andre Wisdom back in the fold and summer signing Joe Gomez impressing both manager and fans during pre-season – could the former Charlton man push for a surprise starting birth?Disagree, Liverpool fans? Select your best XI and share your thoughts in the comments below…last_img read more