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April 02, 2009

A growing social problem

Faced with a straightened economy and mounting job losses, Japan is paying unemployed foreigners of Japanese ancestry to go home. The magic number to trigger this sort of reaction from the Japanese?

The number of foreigners seeking government help to find jobs has climbed in recent months to 11 times the previous year at more than 9,000 people, according to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.

"The program is to respond to a growing social problem," said ministry official Hiroshi Yamashita

Nine thousand in a country of 130 million. It is difficult to imagine what they must make of Canada's thinking on the subject.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at April 2, 2009 06:14 AM


Those Japanese and their crazy-ass work ethic. :)

Posted by: agent bedhead [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 2, 2009 02:49 PM