by Megumi Shishido
When we hear the word “hostess,” I think most of us will not have a very good impression. It’s because the work is seen as a dark role. Many Filipinas come to Japan for living and sending money to their families and are working as hostesses. Before, they came to Japan on entertainment visas which show that they were singers or dancers. However, the immigration inspection was made a strict because the Department of State had criticized a “Philippine pub” in Japan in 2004. Coming to Japan on entertainment visas dropped and fake marriages are increasing. The way is illegal. For example, a Filipina met a Japanese broker and contracted him to work at the monthly income of 80,000 yen for two years. She did fake marriages with a Japanese man. She began to work as a hostess, the broker made up a pretext for a quarrel and deducted from her salary in advance. However, Filipinas want jobs in Japan because wages of Japan is higher than these of the Philippines.
What do we think this problem? I think about happiness for Filipina. Filipina don’t have enough money to care for her family and can’t get the money in the Philippines. However, brokers should be suppressed and we should choose legal ways. Then, we should start the other visa for the entertainment visa. The idea is at first and we mentioned in class. However, I doubt the realizability, especially the side of money. Second idea may be an extreme argument. The biggest problems are economic difficulties and internal gap in Philippine. These will spread by globalization. If the world didn’t globalize, these would not spread and Filipinos would not feel much economic difficulties. I think that it is trouble that problems which had been internal spread over abroad. So, people in Philippine should look at internal things and forget the globalization.
I can’t understand Filipinas as hostesses enough because I haven’t worked as hostesses and am cared. The gap is intolerable. I hope they can live to pursue happiness.
Sankei News. “Ex-representative had been wanted internationally of NPO was arrested on suspicion of employing Filipinas who have short-term visa.” [http://sankei.jp.msn.com/affairs/news/120517/crm12051712400009-n1.htm] 2012.5.17
Sankei News. “A 29 years old Filipina forced a joint suicide because of night work, child rearing, etc.” [http://news.livedoor.com/article/detail/6490672/] 2012.4.21
Kobe Shinbun. “It becomes difficult for Filipinos to get entertainment visas. Fake marriages are increasing.” [http://www.kobe-np.co.jp/news/shakai/0004977547.shtml]
Shakai Jitsujo- Data Zuroku. “The Internal local gap of Asian countries” [http://www2.ttcn.ne.jp/honkawa/8400.html] 2004.8.3