Three high-ranking employees at a fruit and vegetable wholesale company based in Fukuoka City were warned against promoting illegal employment practices. The Fukuoka Chuo Seika Group has been accused of employing seven Vietnamese workers who remained in Japan beyond their legally permitted period of stay. It is alleged that a further 31 Vietnamese exchange students worked more hours than the legal limit for residents in their visa category. According to police, the Fukuoka Chuo Seika Group’s lenient attitude towards workers’ residence card status and willingness to offer more hours to employees looking for work became well-known amongst the local Vietnamese student community. The company has noted that their management has been somewhat nonchalant on the issue, whilst also pointing out that they could not find Japanese people to take on part-time work, and have had to rely on international resident workers. Source: Mainichi Broadcasting Group (RKB), 4/10/2018
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