Iju-Sha is the term for Filipinos in Japan, most having come for work. Like the tens of millions of people around the world who migrate for a job, they arrive in pursuit of the promise of better wages, skills training and career opportunities. As Verité shows in our new documentary, Iju-Sha: Reportage on Migrant Workers in Japan, this may not be what they find.
Forced labor risk is not usually associated with Japan. With preparations for the 2020 Olympics underway in Tokyo, the spotlight is turning to the so-called ‘internship’ program through which Japan has brought tens of thousands of guest workers annually over the past five years to fill the labor shortage resulting from its aging population.