Sunday, March 4, 2018

Chinese technical intern fights sexual harassment

On February 23rd,  a hearing was held on a sexual harassment complaint brought by a Chinese technical intern at Mito District Court in Ibaragi Prefecture. The plaintiff “A” is a Chinese woman in her thirties who came to Japan on September 13th 2013 as a technical intern and started to work on a vegetable farm in Moriya City, Ibaragi Prefecture from October 16th of that year. Immediately after starting to work, she was sexually harassed by the employer “B.” She complained to the intermediary organization, Tsubasa Cooperative, but nothing was done. The sponsoring organization changed her workplace, but after January 18th, 2015 A was not assigned to a job. So, she was able to work only one year and three months of her three year internship in Japan. In September 2016 her period of stay expired and she had to return to China. Before returning to her country, she got in touch with a support group for technical interns. Her case was taken up in the media and she filed a lawsuit seeking to unpaid wages and sexual harassment damages. (MATSUMOTO Hiromi)
 Photo: Notice board of the Mito District Court



Seeking retrial of the Sayama Case by the end of this year!

Nearly 300 people met in the Taito City Community Hall on February 23rd for the Tokyo Rally for the Retrial of the Sayama Case.  On May 1st 1963,  a high school girl was kidnapped in Sayama City, Saitama Prefecture. She was later found buried in a farm road. Just as in a previous case, the police failed to arrest the perpetrator at the ransom drop-off point. Facing severe criticism, they  targeted the discriminated “buraku” area in Sayama City. A twenty four year old buraku youth, ISHIKAWA Kazuo was arrested for another incident and was finally forced to confess to the murder. He pleaded  innocent at the court, but was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1974. 55 years after the incident, Ishikawa is still asking for a retrial of his case. Having spent most of his life in jail, he is on parole now. He attended the rally with his wife Sachiko and gave a lively speech. “Recently, my wife gets tired easily, so yesterday I laid her futon for the first time. I never get tired, because I exercise hard every day.” “When I get a not-guilty verdict, I will jump into a bath tub filled with beer.” (Y)