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"Police Warns Public About "Dark" Part-Time Jobs"

Learn Japanese from the News

Broadcast on October 2, 2023 Available until October 1, 2024

Welcome to "Learn Japanese from the News." In this program we learn Japanese and more about Japan from news stories presented in simple Japanese. Today's headline is "Police Warns Public About "Dark" Part-Time Jobs" which was published on NEWS WEB EASY's website on August 22, 2023. Keywords include「詐欺(さぎ)sagi」"fraud" and「強盗(ごうとう)gootoo」"robbery."



"Police Warns Public About "Dark" Part-Time Jobs"

Welcome to "Learn Japanese from the News."
Join us as we learn Japanese and about the country through Japanese news stories. Today's headline is…

「闇(やみ)バイト」に応募(おうぼ)しないで 犯罪(はんざい)をした人(ひと)の話(はなし)を紹介(しょうかい)
"Police Warns Public About "Dark" Part-Time Jobs"
This news story was published on NEWS WEB EASY's website on August 22nd.

Now let's go over some vocab words that will help us understand what's going on.
The word「闇(やみ)」means "darkness," but in the context of today's story, it refers to "shady" or illegal activities. 「バイト」means "part-time job. " 闇(やみ)バイト are shady part-time jobs that recruit people through social networking sites, promising easy money, when in reality applicants are coerced into being complicit in crimes.
Now let's keep these words in mind as we listen.
There's been a spate of robberies and cases of fraud across Japan, and the police have found that many of the perpetrators were recruited through yami-baito(闇(やみ)バイト)job listings on social media and other online channels.

Now we'll break down a few sentences from the story that contain helpful expressions and keywords.
Let's start with the following sentence:
"Yami-baito," which involve recruiting people to commit crimes such as fraud and robbery under the guise of part-time work, have become a problem.
Now let's look at the phrase 問題(もんだい)になっています.
The word 問題(もんだい)has multiple meanings. For example, it can refer to the questions on a test.
In today's story it refers to an issue that concerns society at large. So 闇(やみ)バイトが問題(もんだい)になっています means "Yami-baito have become a matter of public concern."
OK, let's move on to the following sentence.
"Even if you try to back out partway through, you won't be able to quit."
So this is actually an expression taken from the second to last sentence of the story.
The phrase やめようとしても contains a verb in the volitional form, which is used to express an intention to do something.
When we want to say that we're unable to do something even though we want to, we can express that by using a verb in the volitional form, followed by that same verb in the potential form.
In the sentence we just heard, the verb is やめる, which means "to quit" or "back out." やめよう is the volitional form. やめることができない is the negative potential form.
They're connected by the expression としても, which means "even if..." It describes a hypothetical situation.
And that's all we have for today.
A final word of caution: typical postings for yami-baito are vague, emphasizing a big payout while offering few details about the actual job. But applicants are intimidated into committing robbery, fraud, and in some cases, murder.
Remember, if something seems even slightly suspicious, trust your instincts and walk away.
All right, tune in next time for more.

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