Factory denies Muslim basic human rights
The Yomiuri Shimbun Dec 5, 2006– A sewing factory in eastern Japan required an Indonesian Muslim trainee to sign a note promising to forgo praying five times a day and Ramadan fasting as a condition of her employment…The firm also prohibited her from owning a cell phone … exchanging letters domestically, sending money to her family or traveling in vehicles. In addition, she had a curfew of 9 p.m. at her dormitory and was not allowed to invite friends there…more…
These employment terms are on the extreme end of typical Japanese labor contracts. I have been surprised at work with such screwy written oaths (the translation of “note” in the above Yomiuri report is wrong) many times: I have had to sign at various times at work that I would not: drive a car, go skydiving, eat kimchi at work, engage in “severe” political action, and moonlight at another job on the weekends. For younger recruits, there are off-duty dress codes and long lists of “rules.”
However, these employment terms against the practice religion of the “trainee” (slave) is insane. Sadly, I bet the out of court settlement of the this case will amount to a trivial amount such a just one year’s wages –the length of her job contract– and a one-way ticket back to Indonesia, meh.