Inbound Philippine slave laborers to Japan at minimum wage now given “official state” legitimacy

The country of the Philippines depends on its citizen-slaves for more than 10 percent of its GDP from their citizens working outside of the Philippines including in Middle Eastern countries and Japan. During the 1970s during Japan’s economic boom, many Japanese men went to the Philippines on sex-tours, but since the Japan Inc. big boom came to an end, more Philippine women have reversed this pattern by coming to Japan to work in the entertainment and sex industry. Although official guidelines have been set up by the Philippine government for Philippine women intending on coming to Japan to work as “Japan-bound maids”, the majority will probably end up as “hostesses” in clubs and in the entertainment industry. On one social media site related to living in Japan about 80 percent of the hundreds of members of this site are Philippine women living in Japan looking for partners and financial security.

There are thousands of Philippine women working in Japan with many married to Japanese men and about the only thing they have going for them which the Japanese may be a bit envious about, is their English ability. It would be worth investigating to find out what has been the experience of Philippine women living and working in Japan and for those Philippine women who are married to Japanese men. Without knowing the statistics, I really wonder if there are actually that many Japanese families who hire Philippine “maids” to tend to their children at ¥905 (US$8.40) an hour with a guaranteed 35 hours of work per week? Without supplementing that income how would a 23 year-old Philippine maid survive in Japan? The reality in Japan for Philippine work immigrants is that the Japanese people don’t view Filipinos as skilled immigrants, but as cheap laborers. When I was in Qatar on three business trips I observed how terribly Philippine women are treated in that country. They are treated like the lowest of the lowest on the totem pole.

Source: JapanToday

Philippines adopts work guidelines for Japan-bound maids

June 12, 2016

MANILA — The Philippine government has adopted a set of guidelines governing the recruitment and deployment of Filipinos to work as housekeepers in Japan.

Jocelyn Rey of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration told Kyodo News the guidelines, expected to take effect June 19, detail the roles and responsibilities of recruiters and employers; the qualifications and scope of work of the housekeepers; the terms and conditions of employment; and the monitoring process, among others.

It will be the first time Filipino household workers will be accepted in Japan after the latter allowed in July last year foreign nationals to engage in housekeeping services in its so-called national strategic special zones. The present agreement allows the deployment of Filipino household workers to Kanagawa Prefecture, one of the zones.

“This is long awaited by our housekeepers who would want to go to non-traditional markets. This provides our overseas workers another option. If they find the Middle East to be too far and too scary for them, Japan is something new,” Rey said in an interview.

“Japan is a non-traditional market for our housekeepers. Many are anticipating this because it’s closer to us, and the salary is higher, and Filipinos generally have a good impression about Japan,” she added.

According to the resolution, which was dated June 2, “specified organizations” in Japan that will accept foreign housekeepers and act as direct employers will first have to seek accreditation from the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Japan.

Once accredited, they can place job orders, which will then be filled by “sending organizations” (licensed recruitment agencies) in the Philippines. The collection of “placement fees” from applicants is prohibited.

The agreement says applicant housekeepers must be at least 23 years old, have at least one year of work experience in housekeeping services, and a certification from the Philippines’ Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.

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