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Monday, February 25, 2019, 11:00 - 12:00

Nagwang Tobgay, Legal Officer of the Parents' Committee of "The Learn and Earn Program" Victims
Sonam Tshering Dhendup, President of the Parents' Committee of "The Learn and Earn Program" Victims
Yumiko Kan, Representative of Nature and Humans Japan (NHJ), NGO

(The speech and Q & A will be in English)

"The Plight of Bhutanese Students in Japan"

Bhutanese students in Japan are struggling to repay loans after studying and working here. The problem has come to light after the apparent suicide in December 2018 of Sonam Tobgay, a 24-year-old Bhutanese man. He was one of more than 700 Bhutanese students who came to Japan through the "Learn and Earn Program," which was introduced by Bhutan's Ministry of Labor and Human Resources.

Promotional information said those on the program could study in Japan for two years and work part-time. After two years, it was suggested they could find employment or continue to study. To get on the program, many students borrowed large sums of money from a government-owned bank but soon realized that repaying the loans would be difficult due to Japan's regulations concerning part-time work. So, some students have apparently been working 40-50 hours to earn enough to pay their loans, which has led to some calling the program a scam.

Three speakers – two Bhutanese and one Japanese – will come to the FCCJ to address this issue and the problems of foreign student workers in Japan, which some view as a form of human trafficking

5F Marunouchi Nijubashi Bldg., 3-2-3, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005
Doors open for TV crew at 10:15, For all others at 10:30, still cameras included.
Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website (still & TV cameras inclusive). Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation.

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