Hey you. Yes, you there. Yeah, you are there reading this article. Thinking of going to Japan to work in the factories? Why not? After all, it's the easiest way for you to go to Japan. If you go nikkei (descendant of Japanese), you are entitled to a visa for you to work in factories in Japan. If you are not nikkei, then marry a nikkei. Thus, you get a spouse visa and the contractors will hire you and your spouse.
Before reaching any disagreement, I want to make it clear that this text was written in a generalized way, but read through to the end to understand that we don't think that way! There are different realities and the problem is not with the factories!
But everything comes at a price, friend. There in Japan, there is no CLT. There is no work card. There, you are employed by contract. and they hire you to work at least 10 hours a day.
Yes, at least 10 hours. Even though the workload is 8, some contracts kind of force you to work overtime and 10, 12 or even 15 hour shifts. and you can work even on Saturday.
Think about the following: The day has 24 hours, right? Of those 24 hours, you will spend half the day working. Not to mention the time it takes you to get to and from work. Thus, you will get tired at home. VERY tired out.
The stress of working in factories
Some time ago, I worked in telemarketing. I spent all day listening to customer tantrums and when I got home, I didn’t want to talk to anyone, I didn’t want to talk, I didn’t want anything. I just wanted to lie down and sleep.
It is the normal feeling of someone tired / stressed from the service. That’s because I didn’t spend 10 hours answering and listening to clients’ xingo.
Now, consider this: imagine staying 10 hours or more doing a repetitive service and yet, in the case of factories, armored and arriving at the end of the shift, the big boss arrives and shouts:
"Today there are zangyou, guys!"
Is that you HAVE what to do zangyou (extra hour). Not because it is a written rule, but because you will feel obliged to do zangyou. Otherwise, you will not have any money.
The good thing is that it won’t be 10 uninterrupted hours as there is an hour of lunch. There are even 5 to 10 minute intervals. But, you will then have to compensate for those breaks at the end of the shift, depending on how many breaks you took.
Paid vacations? Guarantee fund? Retirement? Salary allowance? Health insurance? Despite its existence, some complain about how it works, others even fail to pay insurance and then blame it on Japan.
The stress of working in factories ends up making many people feel sorry for Japan. So, if you are not a person with a presence of mind, you will end up hating the country. and that way, your life sucks.
Imagine living in a country where you don’t have time for anything. Many end up feeling contempt for Japan for that. That’s worse. Imagine living in a country that you hate for the previous reason. This is what you want?
Is it really worth it?
As mentioned earlier, the person may end up hating Japan because of the stress of factories. It is not an easy job. and stress will affect not only you. Many Brazilians who go to Japan for work by the contractors are married. The weight of the factory routine will affect your marriage.
In fact, speaking of contractors, here comes another news for you: Depending on the contractor, you will suffer. There are cases of picky contractors who cheat you, promising you a thousand things before going to Japan. Arriving in the country, it will be a situation that is totally different from what you were promised before.
In the case of the video above, the citizen could not even quote the name of his contractor who put him in trouble. Do you know why? Because, if he did, the contractor could sue him.
When you get a reliable contractor, you will earn a lot by working in the factory, but you will also spend a lot. As said before, you end up having to do zangyou or you won’t have any money left. and even you doing zangyou every single day, you won’t even see the color of that money. Mainly, if you have children.
Afterwards, after some time working in the factory, you will live in automatic mode. Your routine will be just home and work. You will live a life where you will feel alienated from everything and everyone.
So, I ask you: Is it worth it?
Ah, but how am I going to work in Japan, then?
There is an article on jobs in Japan in addition to factories. In this article, you described the possibilities of having your bread in Japan without killing yourself in the factories. for that, you need two things: Speak Japanese well and know how to research.
Yes, knowing how to research because there are several opportunities that even go unnoticed by factory workers. Because? Because the guys who are in this routine, over time, end up thinking that the only job that exists for Brazilians is the factories. As if there were no other ways to live in Japan.
This is a consequence of living a routine where you feel like a zombie. After a while, stress and pessimism rise to the head. However, don’t get carried away by fatigue. It is possible for a Brazilian to have a job that is not in the factory.
With a higher education and speaking Japanese well, you can get jobs at top companies. Without higher education and speaking Japanese well, you can get jobs in convenience stores, markets, etc. If you’re smart, you can start your own business and make a living out of it.
But, without Japanese or higher education, what you are left with most of the time are the factories. and if you’re lucky and chasing it, you can get part-time or 8-hour jobs without any difficulty.
Are Japan’s factories that bad?
No way! The factories in Japan are great and offer working conditions that do not exist in many places around the world. The problem is how people decide to work or at some contractors.
Not everyone thinks the factories are bad, in fact it is up to each person to know how to manage their time and work in a way that does not harm them mentally. Some lived an easy life in Brazil, but when they went to Japan they had a harder job, that’s why they complain.
The big problem is that regardless of Japan or Brazil, most people do heavy, repetitive and long hours. So much so that reports say that more than 50% of the Brazilian population works 10 hours a day.
There are probably people who work without working overtime. The problem is not in the factories but simply in people who do not believe in the very potential to change this routine that they both complain about or leave the comfort zone.
If you feel injured or that you are losing something in a certain factory or contractor, it is better to look for another one that offers better working conditions. In Japan you have more jobs than people, so don’t waste time where you’re not being happy.