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Chinese trainee arrested over abandoning baby for fear of deportation

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"but the scheme has been criticized as being a cover for companies that import cheap labor" well when you call it a scheme that sort of seals the deal doesn't it?

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good that Japan doesn't have the same law as America where anyone born there is automatically a citizen

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China is a developing country?

She needs to be deported after being reunited with her baby, assuming she wants it.

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That is really sad. she abandoned her baby because she thought that would give him a better chance in life.

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or did she abandon him to save her butt from being deported?

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How about mentioning the company she was working for? The poor woman gave birth at her home. If at least if she had had any kind of support she could have heard of the hatches where you can leave your baby for adoption, instead of leaving him at a private residence.

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Is it just cos I read the CRIME section or does it appear, the solution to any misdemeanor is JAIL first, ask questions later, what a horrendous way to treat a new mum.

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That is just so sad, she has to give up her baby because she feared for her job!

Even though she abandoned the baby in front of a residence, the cold weather could easily have proved fatal. Punishment is due here.

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Thank ghosh the baby is okay. Imagine the risk of a young mother giving birth alone. I cannot imagine the struggle and anxiety! And who is the dad? If the father is Japanese this kid is entitled to Japanese citizenship.

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Interns under under the Japanese government-sponsored technical training program are not allowed to have formal relationships while living in Japan. This denial of human rights is the crux of the problem.

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She was pregnant when she came to Japan. It’s likeky she would not have been able to keep the baby in China anyway. Glad the baby is ok (so far).

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people here have biology or math issues.. , she was well pregnant when she came here ( august ) meaning she was at least 2-3 month pregnant already.

She tried to play the intern resources or was just plain stupid.

Either way, she better be deported asap, with her baby.

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Either way, she better be deported asap, with her baby.

Or be allowed to work here, perhaps part time, after maternity leave, with her child being given access to child care or care by other relatives.

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she was a already pregnant when she came...interesting. for those on this site who don't know about the system of japanese slave intern labour...you don't just turn up at your local rural job centre and say "gimme that job". you have to collect a sht load of money from your family and village. give it to the yakuza who will give a portion to the concerned visa and labour ministry officials in brown envelopes. usually this process will include an extra charge, which the family or village must pay every month for, contract continuity? with interest of course. if this woman was deported, blood would flow. her company should be responsible.

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she was a already pregnant when she came...interesting.

while I feel for the women, she was already 4 month pregnant before she came, she must have realised by then. What did she expect would happen when she gave birth!?

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The good things she didn't kill the baby, some they'd kill the baby before throwing away, put on the coin locker, garbage, or flushed on the toilet. She still have a heart though.

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Mizuame.. why would she need be given maternal care, benefits and child care ? If you so inclined, you welcome to privately sponsor her. Otherwise I see absolutely no reason what soever for your statement.. especially when single Japanese mothers , working , taxpaying citizens of this country have trouble to receive such benefits legally.

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GarthgoyleToday  09:02 am JST

”If at least if she had had any kind of support she could have heard of the hatches where you can leave your baby for adoption”

There is only one baby hatch in Japan and it is in Kyushu. That said, rather than in front of a private residence, leaving a baby at a hospital, police station, fire station, or even in a home center, department store or mall or such would be a safer option. But she might have been worried about security cameras at such places.

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desperate people sometimes take desperate measures, and there are an awful lot of desperate people in this world.... let's try not to be too comfortably judgemental....

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 And who is the dad?  If the father is Japanese this kid is entitled to Japanese citizenship.

and she didn't have to abandon the baby.

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people here have biology or math issues.

People have understanding issues here, sure she was pregnant when she probably was offered the job, but she might have taken it because it was a chance to escape poverty.

She tried to play the intern resources or was just plain stupid.

Thats just an opinion, there are no facts to support it.

Either way, she better be deported asap, with her baby.

Abandoning the baby in a manner endangering its life is a crime and needs to be punished for, however what that is, the law will decide.

I wish she gets to stay in conditions that enable her to care for her baby.

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why would she need be given maternal care, benefits and child care ?

Alex - why shouldn't any mother who wishes to work not be offered access to maternal care, benefits and child care? I've lived in the USA, France and Australia and all offer such benefits. As you say, Japan tends to be a bit of an exception...

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what you talking about? she is welcome to work, back in China.. not in Japan

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I’m guessing the process to be selected for the intern job could take up to 6 months, probably more. Birth control during this process or a condom would have been smart.

Gee, now that I think about it, I hope having to have sex with one of the people involved in the selection process wasn’t part of this. If it was, then this could shine a big light on a very black area. A whole new, and a lot more serious metoo issue.

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she is welcome to work, back in China.. not in Japan

Again an opinion without anything to back it, a bit of an empty vessel really.

Whether she stays or goes is for the law to decide, but I wish she gets to keep the baby and brings it up in good conditions.

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Investigators got clues on the suspect based on security camera footage, the police said.

Ah yes! The real heros who brought this case to light. If it weren't for these cameras (who provide real hard evidence in these situations) no one would've known who the mother was! Splendid that the baby is well.

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An intern at a food processing plant, sounds legit....

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An intern at a food processing plant, sounds legit....

Are you being sarcastic? While I don't know this woman's circumstance, that's exactly the types of job they use interns for.

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Which is exactly why it's not exactly a legit internship is it.

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Why not?

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Strangerland

"why not?"

Well I would guess that the implication here is that work at a food processing factory is usually simple and boring (like removing defectively shaped onions from a conveyor belt for hour after hour or something else soul-destroying like that).

But the full name of the internship program is the Technical Intern Training Program for Foreigners. In other words, the people who sign up are supposed to be learning technical skills they can take back to help improve the economic situation of their home countries. The stated ratinonale is why they are not immigrants, it is not a "migration" program, and there are limits on how long they can stay.

As you might know, the UN, the US Government, Amnesty International and other organizations have criticized Japan for luring people on this program with the promise of some sort of useful and transferable skill before simply putting them to work in dull jobs where they can't learn anything.

This is mainly to make up for labor shortages in jobs that Japanese people don't want to do.

So the entire program might well be built on a lie.

At the same time, as they are not officially classified as 'workers' the company can pay them less than minimum wage and get away with it.

As far as I know, the program is the only government run program singled out by the US Government in its annual human rights reports, which generally focus on bad behavior by criminal group and other non-state actors, not official programs runs by governments of allied nations. Leaving aside whether the US government is qualified to throw stones, the technical training program is a disgrace really.

So, as the original poster said, a "technical intern" at a food processing factor is not remotely 'legit'.

It is good circumstantial evidence that the criticisms of this program are quite possibly accurate.

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