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People from Southeast Asia are hardworking, and they have high potential of becoming good workers.

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A PR representative for Life Corp, which runs supermarkets in the Kinki and Tokyo metropolitan areas, saying the company will employ around 15 workers from Thailand, using Japan's Technical Intern Training Program, a government program aimed at creating skills development opportunities for people from overseas while they work in Japan. (Mainichi Shimbun)

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People from Southeast Asia are hardworking, and they have high potential of becoming good workers.

Not racist at all, sounds like they're talking about a Labrador retriever

the company will employ around 15 workers from Thailand, using Japan’s Technical Intern Training Program, a government program aimed at creating skills development opportunities for people from overseas while they work in Japan

More like a government sponsored program enabling them to take advantage of impoverished people, and overworking them for shamefully low wages for the financial gain of the company.

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They can learn check-out and shelf-stacking in Thailand. But I guess it would not be world's best practice, like here in Japan. They will have to learn to shout and set jingle machines throughout the supermarket, cos that's what customers really like. Oh, and learn to resist any small or jokey talk with customers at the cash register.

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Given that this is under Japan’s Technical Intern Training Program, I wonder what sorts of technical skill training these 15 "interns" will undergo during their "internships" with supermarket chain Life Corp.

Most of these jobs through the program have nothing technical about them, little to no training in marketable skills, and no component that could be regarded as an internship. What a joke. I wish the government would drop the absurd euphemistic label and instead more accurately and honestly name the program.

Vice News made a short documentary on this, "The Worst Internship Ever" (15:40): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wt__lHCuH5g

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And older Japanese are hard working too, and are a growing cohort.

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Not racist at all, sounds like they're talking about a Labrador retriever

exactly.

More like a government sponsored program enabling them to take advantage of impoverished people, and overworking them for shamefully low wages for the financial gain of the company.

you beat me to it.

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let me interpret this quote for those of you not living in Japan: " SE Asian workers will work for real cheap with no overtime and not complain "

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Silly comment by someone who should not be making statements.

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Japanese super market like Life has a wide variety of jobs that can is marketable like fish monger, deli preparing, butcher, and bread baking. So are taught at culinary schools but most crafts are mostly only taught at the trade. They all teach sanitary precaution methods and marketing/presentation of food items.

It will be simple for them to learn from these supermarket then to jump into the trade from the start since they have all their knowledge into a manual so you can learn the basics by reading divided by various individual tasks and why they are divided in those ways so they can understand the whole system instead of the traditional watch and learn method.

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However this is probably translated from Japanese which would give it a twist. It may not have been as condescending sounding

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I've traveled extensively thru SE Asia and I don't see that hard work ethos at all. I've been told to leave stores and offices before closing time, because the staff want to go home, which they tell me! I've had store clerks in empty stores refusing to serve me because they're talking to their friends on their cell phones. These are not isolated incidents.

Everyone there seems obsessed with cutting corners and minimizing their workload.

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