Friday, October 15, 2010

[Recent Gov't Activities in Japan Related to Illegal Migration] Conducted in 2008

The listing and description of activities related to illegal migration in Japan are lifted from a document entitled "2009 Immigration Control" released by the Japan Ministry of Justice.

1. May 23, 2008 - Holding of the "Council on the Countermeasures against Illegal Foreign Workers."
The "Council on Countermeasures against Illegal Foreign Workers" was held to discuss the present situation of measures against illegal foreign workers and future measures with the participation of the directors of the National Police Agency, the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.

2. June 1-30, 2008 - Holding of the "Council on Countermeasures against Illegal Foreign Workers"
Understanding and cooperation by foreigners, employers, local autonomous bodies, foreign embassies in Japan, etc. were sought to prevent illegal employment.

3.  June 6, 2008 - The "Explanatory meeting by the Council on Countermeasures against Illegal Foreign Workers to Employers” was held.
The Council on Countermeasures against Illegal Foreign Workers consisting of the National Police Agency, the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare explained the project to the Japan Business Federation, the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the National Federation of Small Business Associations and the Central Federation of Societies of Commerce and Industry, Japan and requested them to cooperate for the prevention of illegal employment.

4. September 28 - December 28, 2008 - Establishment of toll-free dial numbers: "Nationwide Hotline for Consultation Service for Foreigners” and "Nationwide Hotline for Consultation about Illegal Residence.”The Ministry proactively tried to familiarize callers with the "Departure Order System”, etc. during consultation for illegal residents and inquiry about employers employing illegal residents.

5. October 29, 2008 - The 36th "Countermeasures Conference for Prevention and Detection of Crimes of Violation against Immigration Control Act."
The 36th "Countermeasures Conference for Prevention and Detection of Crimes of Violation against the Immigration Control Act” was held with the participation of persons in charge at concerned agencies of the Ministry of Justice, the National Police Agency, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, the Japan Coast Guard and others, and the present situation and measures for controlling crimes of illegal entry and illegal employment as well as of trafficking in persons were discussed (in Fukuoka City).

Source:
Japan Ministry of Justice (2009).  2009 Immigration Control. Retrieved on October 14, 2010 from http://www.moj.go.jp/content/000007332.pdf.

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