Thirty-year-old Samean Keo is a technical trainee from Cambodia. She came to Japan two years ago to learn sewing techniques. Keo is in a relationship with a man she met in Japan. When she told her employer that she wants to marry her partner, she got an unexpected reaction. She says, “The company president told me I wasn’t allowed to get married. I was told the company would no longer be able to employ me, and that I would have to return to Cambodia.”
According to Japanese law, trainees can continue their internship regardless of their marital status, but the company laid her off.