Foreign Workers Round Table

Background&Purpose

Human rights violations regarding foreign workers are increasing in recent years, and such violations are seen as an “immigrant labour issue” that is particularly important within the topic of “business and human rights”. In Japan, exploitation of labour and violation of human rights, which are related to Technical Intern Training Programmes(TITP) for foreigners, labour carried out by international students, and dispatched labour etc., are being communicated through Reuters and the “Trafficking in Persons Report” issued by the U.S. Department of State. As it gets closer to the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020, NGOs and NPOs from various countries are expected to become more aggressive with their criticisms and lobbying.

The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights outlines how states and businesses should understand “the state duty to protect against human rights abuses”, “the corporate responsibility to respect human rights”, and “the importance of access to remedy from human rights abuse”, as well as how corporations and states should prepare and promote the remedial measures. In other words, corporations are expected to identify, prevent, and reduce the negative impacts on human rights through their activities including those within their supply chain (human rights due diligence), and must identify, take measures, and monitor the human rights risks in relation to the foreign workers’ issues. In addition, governments must design policies and guidelines in order to prevent human rights violations.

However, the issue of foreign workers within the supply chain includes problems unique to the TITP system and its structure, and therefore it is difficult for corporations, governments, and civil society organisations to solve the issue individually or to find the ultimate solution at once. Under such circumstances, ASSC would like to propose the “Foreign Labour committee (Round Table)” as an opportunity to discuss and think of solutions for 2020 and beyond.

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Date Contents Venue (Tokyo) Venue(Osaka)

1st

10 Oct. 2018

14:30-16:30

1. Keynote Speech

2. Q&A

3. Discussion

4. Info update

Nishikan Toranomon Building (4F)
( 1-22-13 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo)
Umeda Center Building (16F)
(2-4-12 Nakazaki-nishi, Kita-ku, Osaka city, Osaka)

2nd

6 Nov. 2018

13:00-15:00

1. Keynote Speech

2. Q&A

3. Discussion

4. Info update

Goujinsha Nagata-cho Building (8F)
( 1-11-28 Toranomon, Minato-ku)
Umeda Center Building (16F)
(2-4-12 Nakazaki-nishi, Kita-ku, Osaka city, Osaka)

3rd

5 Dec. 2018

Afternoon

1. Keynote Speech

2. Q&A

3. Discussion

4. Info update

Goujinsha Nagata-cho Building (8F)
( 1-11-28 Toranomon, Minato-ku)
Umeda Center Building (16F)
(2-4-12 Nakazaki-nishi, Kita-ku, Osaka city, Osaka)

4th

24 Jan. 2019

Afternoon

1. Keynote Speech

2. Q&A

3. Discussion

4. Info update

Goujinsha Nagata-cho Building (8F)
( 1-11-28 Toranomon, Minato-ku)
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5th

4th week of Feb. 2019

Afternoon

1. Keynote Speech

2. Q&A

3. Discussion

4. Info update

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6th

4th week of Mar. 2019

Afternoon

1. Keynote Speech

2. Q&A

3. Discussion

4. Info update

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