Nissan admits misusing foreign trainees in Japan

Kyodo News

Posted at Jun 06 2018 10:27 PM

A logo of Nissan is pictured outside the company headquarters building in Yokohama, south of Tokyo. Yuriko Nakao, Reuters

Nissan Motor Co. has made its foreign trainees do work different from the original program at its domestic plants, a company official said Wednesday.

Forty-five interns from Indonesia and the Philippines were assigned to do tasks such as painting when they should have been learning how to mold bumpers at its plants in Kanagawa Prefecture, the official said.

Some 150 other trainees at its plants in Tochigi and Fukushima prefectures were also found engaging in undesignated work, the official said.

Nissan found the misconduct through an internal probe and has rectified the situation, the official said.

A law came into force last year to improve supervision of companies that accept foreign workers under a government program.

Similar conduct has also been found at Mitsubishi Motors Corp.'s plant in Aichi Prefecture involving Philippine trainees.