Japan firm requiring Filipino workers to waive death claims
MANILA, Philippines – A Japanese nursing-care firm is requiring Filipino job applicants to waive their right to legal action against the company should they die in Japan, according to a statement obtained by Kyodo News.
A statement written in both English and Japanese read: ”In case of loss of life of the undersigned through natural circumstances while in Japan, I release, waive and forever discharge Juju Corporation, its officers, directors, representatives or employees from any action for sums of money or other obligations arising."
The Japan Times said the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare is investigating the working conditions in Juju Corporation and the statement that it had asked employees to sign.
There have been reports of harsh working conditions at the firm, with one employee complaining of being assigned to night duty 13 times in one month.
The nursing care services provider has 13 facilities in Osaka and Nara prefectures in western Japan. The company started hiring Filipino women in 2009.
According to the Japan Times report, an organization related to Juju Corporation distributed the statement to Filipino applicants during the interview and recruitment process.
Hidekazu Kobayashi, head of the Kyoei Group, declined to comment on the issue. – Rappler.com