On March 23, I found an article on Tokyo Shinbun as follows.
[Original] Nichii, unannounced survey of women’s dormitories in the Philippines Shooting underwear, etc., aiming to reduce personnel?
In mid-February, the company will live in a problem where some Filipino women who came to Japan after being hired by Nichii Gakkan (Tokyo) to take up the housework agency business in the National Strategic Special Zone became unknown. It was found that about 20 employee dormitories were unannounced and surveyed all at once. Some say they opened drawers without consent and took pictures of room-dried underwear, and women complained “for privacy and human rights abuses.” (Isoko Mochizuki)
According to company officials and Filipino women, the company’s Japanese employees are a pair of Filipinos who have signed contracts with Nichii in the Kanto / Kansai region and Nagoya City twice in the morning and afternoon on February 16. Visited about 20 share houses where women live. He said that he checked the inside of the bed and drawers, including the belongings of the absentee, and took pictures to check the attitude of working from home, clothes, and the state of tidying up. Some people said that they were taken pictures of their underwear that was drying in the room, and one woman said, “While some people are wearing underwear, their mobile phones are also checked, and so on. I’ve stopped hiring. It looks like I’m just trying to create a reason for reducing the number of people. ”
◆ Is it an excuse to cancel the contract?
According to people familiar with the matter, the unannounced survey was to reduce the number of Filipino women due to the deterioration of the performance of the housework support project. The results were reported to the head office, and the woman who was evaluated as having a “bad” attitude at home was scheduled to use it as a judgment factor when renewing the employment contract, as in the regular examination, as “the person’s fault” at a later interview. That is. Nichii said in an interview with this newspaper, “We will refrain from answering individually. We take it seriously that there is a former staff member who feels sad and will take it seriously. We are making adjustments for dialogue with the establishment of a consultation desk.” I answered. The Cabinet Office, which manages the business, said, “I would like to investigate the facts and if there are any problems, I would like to provide guidance through a third-party management council.”
◆ Preparing options that will remain in Japan Kazuaki Asato, an associate professor at Kyoto University who is familiar with the labor issues of foreigners, said, “If Nichii could not stimulate the demand for business and the workers had waiting time, they would be punished by” unannounced inspection “to return to Japan. Instead, we should prepare options for staying in Japan, such as setting goals such as the Japanese Language Proficiency Test and devising measures so that we can switch to specific skills. “
National Housework Support Project In principle, foreigners are not allowed to enter the country for the purpose of doing housework support work such as nursing care for the elderly and cleaning the house, but in 1 city and 5 prefectures designated as national strategic special zones such as Tokyo, If certain conditions such as acquisition of national qualifications are met, the status of residence is recognized. Nichii did not renew the contract with 206 people because the third-party management council consisting of the Cabinet Office and local governments that manage the business pointed out the low occupancy rate.