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Thursday, January 23, 2020, 11:00 - 12:00


Shoichi Ibusuki, Lawyer

Makoto Iwahashi, Posse

Language: The speech and Q & A will be in Japanese with English interpretation.


"Filipino Woman Sue For The Return of Her Passport"


A lot has been written recently about "hostage justice," but Japan has another problem: "hostage workers." A 30-year-old woman from the Philippines had her personal documents – her passport, her college transcript and college graduation certificate – taken by her employer in May 2019 and the employer is refusing to give them back, even though she quit the company in July last year. Without her documents, she is unable to work.

The woman is now suing the company to demand the return of her personal documents, unpaid wages, loss in income and damages. She has filed a lawsuit with the aid of NGO Posse, which aims to improve the working conditions of workers in Japan, especially those who may be unaware of the law or who are being held "hostage" by their employers.

Posse representative Makoto Iwahashi and lawyers Shoichi Ibusuki will come to the Club to speak about this case and the problems facing foreign workers in Japan.



Doors open for TV crews only at 10:30, all others at 10:45.Please reserve in advance, 03-3211-3161 or on the website (still & TV cameras inclusive). Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation. Livestreaming of press conferences are available on our website.

*Due to space restrictions, please note there will be a limited number of reservations to attend. FCCJ members, including TV cameras, will have priority for the reservation and seating/setting positions and one TV camera for affiliate networks.

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 Ibusuki and Makoto Iwahashi004

               Shoichi Ibusuki                                          Makoto Iwahashi

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