Inter-area/Border Crossing

Organized Panel Session

3 - Knowledge Transfer or Cheap Migrant Labor? An Analysis of the Japanese Foreign Trainee (Gaikokujin Kenshusei Seido) Program and Its Impact on Indonesian Migrant Workers in Japan

Friday, March 23
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Park Tower 8219, Lobby Level

In the last 50 years, economic transformation in Indonesia has brought rapid development of international migration of Indonesians to its neighboring developed Asian countries. Japan has been, and remains as one of the most popular destination countries for ASEAN society especially Indonesians in search of employment and a better life. The first wave of migration of Indonesian workers to Japan began when the Japanese government started to accept foreigners as trainees (kenshusei) in 1982. This research will examine Indonesian Migrant Workers/Kenshusei in Japan especially the private sector through ethnographic fieldwork that focuses on Indonesian trainee workers and companies to clarify about the policy, procedure and the reality life of Indonesian’s migrant workers in Japan. Migrant workers are a cause and product of immense change in social, cultural, and political life in postcolonial Indonesia. That change can be seen on social, cultural, and politic. In this context, economic precarity not only denotes the deregulation of workers ’rights and cheapening of the labor force, but also the precariousness existence of workers itself. Thus, this proposal aims to analyze the kinds of economic precarity that migrant workers face. There is a need for a critical investigation of the governing policy regulations that control economic opportunities. There is also an academic need to analyze the reality of life for overseas Indonesian migrant workers to better understand the modern and mobile nature of their lives across and between borders.


 


Research Keywords .


Transfer Knowledge, Cheap Labor, Gaikokujin Kenshusei Seido, Indonesian, Japan, Labour Rights, Inaquality, Japanese Dreams


 

Yusy Widarahesty

University of Al Azhar Indonesia, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia

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