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Japan says it nabs 11 Chinese for working without documents

AP  |  Tokyo 

said Monday that they have arrested 11 Chinese nationals in northern for allegedly working at a without passports or proper visas, and later discovered that dozens of fellow workers had fled.

said the 11 Chinese, aged from 27 to 62, were arrested November 26 near a train station in Kikonai town on the southwestern coast of Japan's northern main island.

Police said two were without passports, while nine others allegedly overstayed their visas.

The workers were mobilised at a by a company near Tokyo, according to Japanese

Officials were looking for 46 other Chinese who disappeared from the after the arrests.

As fast-aging faces serious labour shortages, the foreign work force has rapidly increased, sometimes illegally or under harsh working conditions.

Construction is a sector where workers are particularly needed as accelerates the building of infrastructure to bolster tourism ahead of the 2010

Japan is discussing legislation that would allow more foreign workers in construction, farming and other blue-colour jobs a major policy change. The country has long resisted accepting unskilled foreign workers.

Japan has a long-established internship program designed to offer mainly Asian workers on-the-job training, but often under poor conditions criticized by rights groups as forced labour.

Last year, some 7,000 of the 270,000 technical interns fled, citing underpay and mistreatment, according to statistics.

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First Published: Mon, December 03 2018. 19:50 IST