Japan forced laborers, including women, were subjected to brutal conditions in Japanese factories, including forced sex and sexual harassment.
The Associated Press has obtained the first official Japanese government report on the work force, which was issued by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) last year.
The NBI’s report is the first government report to detail the extent of forced labor and sexual exploitation in Japanese manufacturing and industrial sectors.
The report says that during the year 2011, Japanese forced labor was reported at around 9,500 factories, with women forced to work as domestic servants and in brothels and factories.
In one factory, a woman was forced to sleep with men for days on end and she was not paid for her labor.
It said that Japanese forced laborers were mostly in their late 20s and early 30s.
The report said the vast majority of forced laborers in Japan are male, with a majority of men forced to perform repetitive tasks.
Many women are employed by small firms, with some of the most common positions including assembly line workers, factory workers and cooks.
In the Japanese labor market, women are generally expected to perform household tasks for husbands, while men are expected to take care of the family, the report said.
Many Japanese forced labourers work in the countrys most important industries, including the electronics industry and automotive manufacturing.
They are mostly found in small factories or service firms that employ tens of thousands of workers.
Many forced laborers have been victims of sexual harassment and other forms of mistreatment.
The AP has not independently verified the allegations made by the report.