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In the 1960s, Japanese private companies started to expand overseas operations and began to provide training to local foreign employees, and as the fact that such training greatly contributed to the technological development of such countries, it is incorporated as a government's international cooperation project. This was the beggining of the foreign technical intern training program.
After that, in 1993, the technical intern training system was established as a type of status of residence "Specific activities", and the current system was formed.
In 2010, as the status of residence "Technical Intern Traininee" was established, the number of trainees increased significantly. However, due to the decrease of the Japanese Brazilian field laborers at that time, the technical intern trainees were unreasonably used as an inexpensive supplementary labor force, and problems with the system, typically expoitation by the training providers and the malicious intermediaries have come to be recognized. As a result, the "Act on Proper Technical Intern Training and Protection of Technical Intern Trainees" (Technical Intern Training Act) was enforced in 2017
The Technical Intern Training Act stipulates that in accordance with the original purpose of the system rooted in international cooperation, practical training should be carried out with strict management in order to eliminate the room for problems that have been rampant until now.


Optimization of Technical Intern Training System:
Clarify the basic principles of technical intern training, the responsibilities of related parties, and the basic policy.
Set an approval system for the technical intern training plan created for each technical intern trainee.
Set a notification system for the technical intern training providers.
Set an approval system for supervising organizations, and stipulate permission criteria, reasons for disqualification, matters to be observed, report collection, improvement orders, permission revocation, etc.
Establish the authorized corporation "Organization for Technical Intern Training(OTIT)" to provide consultation and assistance for the trainees and abovementioned requirements.
Require the supervising organization to carry out an external audit or appoint an external board member.
Sort out regulations such as requests for cooperation from the ministers in charge of the project and establish regional councils by related administrative agencies.
Protection of Technical Intern Trainees:
Limited to excellent supervising organizations and implementing organizations, allow acceptance of No.3 technical intern trainees (4th to 5th year technical intern training).
Expand the number of trainees accepted by good supervising and implementing organizations.
Expand the target occupations (occupations limited to specific regions, company-specific occupations, simultaneous training for multiple occupations).
Expansion of the system:
Stipulate penalties for human rights violations against trainees.
Establish a system for reporting from technical intern trainees to the minister in charge.
Establish a contact point for consultations and reports for technical intern trainees.
Reinforce support for changing implementing organizations.


We comprehensively support compliance to the strict and complicated legal requirements of the new system which started in accordance with the Technical Intern Training Act, from the procedural aspect.


In order to engage in activities to invite trainees under the technical intern training system, a non-profit organization such as business cooperatives or public interest incorporated association should exist as a parent body to receive the permission as a supervising organization. A business cooperative is a group of four or more small and medium-sized enterprises that share all the work necessary for business operations, such as purchasing, development, inspection, labor management, and welfare, in the spirit of mutual aid. Since supervising organizations cannot be expected to raise profits, it is important that the business co-ops, the parent bodies of the supervising organizations are well managed as business.
We provide application support for obtaining permission to establish a business cooperative with the regional Legal affairs bureau and prefecture.


The following two types of permissions are available for the supervising organization::
1.General supervising organization
  Capable of supervising Technical intern training No.1, No.2 & No.3.
2.Specific supervising organization
  Capable of supervising Technical intern training No.1 & No.2.
In order to obtain a permit for a general supervising organization, the requirements are higher than those for a specific supervising organization, and only good organizations can obtain the permit (Technical Intern Training Act, Article 25, Paragraph 1, Item 7). In addition, there are disqualifying conditions to become a supervising organization (Article 26 of the Technical Intern Training Act), hence all requirements shall be met, and none of the disqualifying conditions shall be applicable.
We provide consultation support for obtaining permission for the supervising organization and application to the OTIT.


The implementing organization(training provider) is required to create a technical intern training plan for each technical intern trainee to accept (in the case of group supervision type, create it based on the guidance of the supervising organization) and obtain approval from the OTIT(Articles 8 and 12 of the Technical Intern Training Act.) This application for approval must be submitted to the certification section of the regional office/branch of the OTIT, along with evidential materials to prove that it meets the certification criteria set out in Article 9 of the Technical Intern Training Act.
In addition, the implementing organization shall change the approved technical intern training plan and go through the approval procedure again with a revised plan, if there are changes that have a substantial impact on implementation of technical intern training in accordance with the approved plan, such as changes in the goals of technical intern training, changes in occupation and work, etc. such as changes in the goals of the technical intern training, changes in job type and work, which have a substantial effect on the implementation of the technical intern training in accordance with the certification plan(Article 11 of the Technical Intern Training Act.)
We provide consulting for technical intern training planning and support for application for approval to the OTIT.


In order to ensure proper management of the supervised operation, the supervising organization is required to appoint an external board member or external auditor who does not have a close relationship with the organization, and conduct an audit to the implementing organization at least once every three months, and request them to record the audit results.
This is to ensure that the supervising organization properly provides guidance and supervision to the implementing organization, and that the supervising organization manages the business in a neutral manner.
Our immigration lawyer can provide an audit support to the implementing organizations as an external auditor. Please feel free to ask us for further details.


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