Migrant Workers and Labor Protection in Japan

Noncitizens should be equally treated in labor law unless exceptional distinctions serve a legitimate State objective. For this
purpose Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare mandates
employers of foreign workers to report the status of employment and conduct inspection for occupational safety and health as necessary. Nevertheless, there remain many problems regarding labor protection in Japan. By analyzing judicial decisions relating to technical intern programs, I will show legal barriers for foreign laborers to get equal treatment.