More than 200,000 foreign trainees were working in Japan last year – an increase of 25% from the year before. These trainees are helping Japan address its labour shortage, but they are seen as a temporary solution. Despite a tight labour market and a shrinking population, Japan is still resistant to large-scale immigration. And the trainees are often the victims of abuse by unscrupulous employers, as our correspondents report.
A programme prepared by Patrick Lovett and Laura Burloux.