On March 15 March, 2012, officials of Office of Labour Affairs in Japan, consisting of Mrs. Chantana Boon-Arj, Minister Counsellor (Labour), Mrs. Malee Wadah, oversea employment promotion facilitator, and Mr. Nirun Umemura, a coordinator, along with Mr. Kan Nakamura, Special Assistant of IM Japan, went to meet with employers of Nihon Wide Cloth Co., Ltd., Gunma branch.
Nihon Wide Cloth Co., Ltd. was founded in 1973 with its headquarter based in Osaka. The company has branches in Gunma and Sapporo, two others in Fukuoka, and another one in Thailand’s Samut Prakan province under the name of Thai Wide Cloth Co.,Ltd.. It produces anti-fly sheet and shading net used in agricultural sector. It has already accepted four batches of Thai trainees, 13 of them altogether. The first batch of the trainees completed the course and went back to Thailand. Some got a job in its subsidiary firm in Thailand. At present there are nine Thai trainees at the Gunma branch, working as a weaving machine maintainer.
The official led by Mr. Hiroshi Oya, Managing Director, and Mr. Kojin Kusaba, Manager, looked around the factory and witnessed the training of the Thai trainees, whose works are delicate as they involve lots of threads. They also went to inspect the trainees’ accommodation, which is located in the factory compound. The building meets the standard and is fully equipped with facilities.
The Minister Counsellor then had lunch with the company’s executives and the Thai trainees. The Thai trainees said they are happy and able to save some of their earning.
The Minister Counsellor also explained to the trainees how to calculate overtime payment and gave them fact-sheets about calculation of overtime payment, dhamma books, snacks, and dried food.