The problem of Vietnamese worker suicides in Japan

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Suicide has been a major national social issue as far back in the 1960s. Poor working conditions and strict studying regimes in schools has played a large part in these suicides. Until recently, it was predominately the Japanese that made up the majority of suicides.

Recently, Vietnamese students, interns and workers have started to commit suicide due to the strict working conditions in Japan. Vietnamese have killed themselves while in detention. The sad part is that many of these people paid large sums of money to work in Japan. They have a debt they must repay inside Japan before they can return back to Vietnam. If they do leave their jobs, they are deemed illegal aliens and will be detained if caught.

The technical trainee program, which brings Vietnamese to work in Japan, is wrought with problems. Overwork, high pressure, and failing health leads to many of these workers and students to commit suicide.

Asia Boss decided to look at this issue for their current episode on YouTube. Asia Boss stated that 150 Vietnamese have already committed suicide in Japan as technical interns. There is a memorial, which you can see below in the YouTube click, of the 150 names of Vietnamese that died in Japan.

This is definitely an issue that the Vietnamese and Japanese governments need to look into more.

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