The Cambodian embassy in Japan has appealed to Cambodian trainees working in the country not to change jobs illegally, or risk being arrested.
According to a statement from the embassy, some Cambodian trainees had fled from their workplaces to find other jobs illegally.
It said most of them were lured by brokers or friends to work somewhere paying higher wages.
The statement added that Japanese immigration authorities on Monday stopped issuing labour cards to Cambodian trainees who had left their old workplaces.
“If their visa had expired when they escaped from their old workplaces, they will face arrest by Japanese authorities for overstaying their visa,” the statement said.
According to a Labour Ministry report, 6,177 Cambodian trainees worked in Japan, including 3,572 women, from 2007 to 2017, ranking Cambodia the sixth-largest contributor of labourers out of 15 countries that sent workers to Japan.
Last week, Labour Minister Ith Samheng announced the ministry planned to increase the number of Cambodian trainees being sent to Japan for study and part-time work.