Tokyo’s Metropolitan Police Department has seen an increase in the number of foreign students working for questionable establishments like snack bars and massage parlors. As part of their information campaign, they have released a manga-style informational pamphlet to let these students know what are illegal types of work, as well as what will happen to them if they engage in it.
They have produced 50,000 copies of the pamphlets in different languages like Chinese, Thai and Japanese and they will be distributed around 100 places in Tokyo, particularly in Japanese language schools where most of the foreign students study in. The MPD has seen a rise in overseas female students who have their student visas but then start working in adult entertainment establishments while they are finishing their studies. The Immigration Control Law considers these jobs as illegal because it is outside the scope of permissible activities. Around 42 individuals who were caught working in these kinds of jobs have been in Japan as students and that’s 40% of the total number of those who have committed those kinds of violations.
This month alone, eight Thai students were arrested in Tokyo’s Minato Ward for working in a massage parlor. They claim that they were working there in order to take care of their school and living expenses. One of the officials from the MPD hopes that the pamphlet will strike a chord with the students and make them understand the consequences of working illegally in Japan, which can result in their deportation.
[ via The Mainichi ]