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Cabinet OKs sending caregivers to Japan

Cabinet OKs sending caregivers to Japan

The cabinet’s Education, Health and Human Resources Development Committee has allowed the employment agencies to send caregivers to Japan for its elderly, the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population said.

“The committee has granted permission for sending caregivers,” U Myo Aung, permanent secretary of the Labour Ministry, said on Sunday.

He said the Ministry of Labour had asked for permission from the cabinet in July to send caregivers to Japan after a policy affairs discussion on the issue was conducted by the ministry and Myanmar Overseas Employment Agencies Federation.

“Now, agencies can submit the demand letters to the committee. They can start sending labour when the committee approved their labour demand letters,” said U Kyaw Zaw, general secretary of the federation.

There are more than 80 recruitment agencies which are sending labour to Japan, and they all have proposed to the ministry to allow them to send caregivers, the federation said.

“Agencies have already prepared in advance for sending caregivers,” said U Peter Nyunt Maung, president of the federation.

Myanmar workers who want to work in Japan as caregivers for the elderly must be at least 18 years old, according to the rules of the Labour Ministry.

Also, the workers must pass the N4 level of Japanese Language Test conducted by the Japanese Embassy in Myanmar.

The caregivers must have also attended about 320 hours of training for taking care of the elderly.

U Peter Nyunt Maung said that those interested to work as caregivers will earn more than other kinds of labourers.

They would be paid about 950 yen per hour (US$8.48/K13,114), and the pay would depend on the employer and the region of the country.

But workers who want to go Japan must first pay US$2800 (about K4.5 million) in agency service fees.

The caregivers will have the chance to further increase their salaries and extend their working years if they pass the N3 level of Japanese language test in Japan.

Currently, Japan has a labour shortage for the care of its aging population and is hiring people from Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines to look after their elderly.

This is the first time that Myanmar would be sending caregivers to a foreign country, a Labour Ministry official said.

Written by Zaw Zaw Htwe

Source: Myanmar Times

Published on 17 September 2018

Vietnamese workers see great opportunities in Japan

Vietnamese workers see great opportunities in Japan

Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnam-Japan partnership has grown steadily, especially in labour cooperation, which has created great chances for Vietnamese labourers to seek jobs or study opportunities in Japan.

According to Japan’s Ministry of Justice, by the end of October 2017, over 240,000 Vietnamese labourers were working in Japan, accounting for 18.8 percent of foreign workers in the country, making the Vietnamese community the second largest foreign group in Japan after China with 373,000 people.

Vietnam is viewed as having the fastest growth among foreign worker communities in Japan, with a year-on-year rise of 39.7 percent. Vietnamese labourers are highly valued for their qualifications and capacity.

Koganei Seiki – a large, high-precision technology firm – currently employs 39 Vietnamese technicians, all of whom have worked for the firm for between three and 11 years. The company has accessed Vietnamese workers though leading universities and direct recruitment strategies.

Koganei Seiki President Yusuke Kamoshita said that the firm has been hiring Vietnamese workers to do the same job as their Japanese peers over the last 12 years.

Leaders of the company affirmed that the Vietnamese staff make great contributions to the growth of the firm. In particular, the innovative ideas of Vietnamese technicians have benefited the firm significantly.

Vu Le Binh, a technician working for Koganei Seiki since 2007, has received praise from his Japanese co-workers for his creative thinking. After 11 years in Japan, Binh said that choosing to work in the country was one of the best decisions he has ever made.

Real Kensetsu, a Japanese construction firm, faced difficulties recruiting Japanese workers. As such, it started to hire Vietnamese staff in 2014 and has not looked back since. Currently, the company employs 20 Vietnamese labourers who work in various projects in Kanto.

Successful stories of Vietnamese workers in Japan demonstrate that Vietnamese labourers have abundant opportunities to study and work equally and effectively in the East Asian nation as one of the promising labour markets for Vietnam. –VNA


Source: VNA

Published on 17 September 2018


Drop in illegal job moves by migrants in Japan

Drop in illegal job moves by migrants in Japan

The Cambodian embassy in Japan on Wednesday reported that the number of cases of Cambodian trainees switching jobs illegally in Japan has dropped after action by Japanese authorities.

An embassy statement said that the drop came after Japan enforced strict immigration regulations which restrict trainees from changing or fleeing their jobs.

“After the Japanese Ministry of Justice restricted the granting of work permits to all foreigners who fled the legal workplace and applied to be refugees, the number of trainees cheated by brokers and who flee the workplace has noticeably decreased,” the statement said.

The embassy also appealed to all Cambodians to be careful of being cheated by illegal brokers who lure them to take up jobs offering higher salaries.

The embassy in January issued a statement appealing to Cambodian trainees working in Japan not to change jobs illegally, or risk being arrested.

It said that some Cambodian trainees had fled from their workplaces to find other jobs illegally. It said most of them were lured by brokers or friends to work somewhere else paying higher wages.

Moeun Tola, executive director of labour rights group Central, said yesterday that he had no comment on the drop in irregularities committed by Cambodian trainees in Japan. However, he said that there should be some modifications to their status as trainees.

“The problem may be resolved if the Cambodian government modifies their status from trainees to full-time employees or full-time workers after a specific period of time, perhaps six months,” he said. “Traineeship should not last the whole three years of their stay in Japan.”

“Cambodia loses out to Japan when it comes to revenue from abroad because trainees are paid much less than those who work full time,” he added.

Mr Tola also warned Cambodians to beware of companies claiming that they are recruiting workers to Japan.

“According to the MoU between the Cambodian and Japanese governments, Japan only accepts trainees from Cambodia and not labourers,” he said. “So if any company says that it recruits labourers to Japan, it is lying.”

According to a Labour Ministry report, 6,177 Cambodian trainees worked in Japan, including 3,572 women, from 2007 to 2017, ranking Cambodia the sixth-largest contributor of labourers out of 15 countries that sent workers to Japan.

Source: Khmer Times
Written by: Pav Suy
Published on 17 August, 2018

10,000 Vietnamese caregivers heading for Japan

10,000 Vietnamese caregivers heading for Japan

Over the next two years, Vietnam will send 10,000 caregivers to Japan, where demand remains very high.

According to Nikkei Asia Review, Vietnam and Japan will sign the memorandum of understanding on this deal this year.

Japan will provide financial assistance for language training for the first 3,000 Vietnamese trainees this year, and the rest by 2020.

The program will allow workers with conversational Japanese skills to get a five-year residency.

The Japanese government is also planning a new program that offers an additional residency of five years for those who complete their technical training in nursing and social welfare. The training is part of the “Asia Health and Human Well-being Initiative” program in which trainees will able to acquire knowledge of providing nursing care and social welfare to aging Asian societies. These caregivers will receive the same remuneration as their Japanese peers, it has been reported.

Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has said that with the manpower from Vietnam, the sector will still face a shortage of 30,000 staff. The ministry projects that the nation will need an additional 790,000 caregivers in 2035.

Japan has also offered similar proposals to Cambodia, Indonesia and Laos.

Japan’s shrinking and aging population is causing severe labor shortages in the world’s third largest economy.

From 2008 to 2017, Japan had welcomed 3,500 foreign caregivers into the nation via the economic partnership agreement, Nikkei reported.

Since 2014, Vietnam has been sending trainee nurses and caregivers to Japan under an agreement between the two countries. It is estimated that about 470 Vietnamese medical staff members were working in Japan as of February 2017.

Japan firms used Vietnamese, foreign trainees at Fukushima cleanup

Japan firms used Vietnamese, foreign trainees at Fukushima cleanup

Four Japanese companies have been found to made foreign trainees take part in decontamination work after the
Fukushima nuclear disaster.
The discovery is likely to revive criticism of the foreign trainee program, which has been accused of placing workers in
substandard conditions and jobs that provide few opportunities for learning, the government said Friday.

The misconduct was uncovered in a probe by the Justice Ministry conducted after three Vietnamese trainees, who were
in the country to learn professional skills, were found in March to have participated in cleanup work in Fukushima.

The Vietnamese were supposed to do work using construction machines according to plans submitted by the company.

“But they joined simple cleanup work such as removing soil without machines,” an official told AFP.

A powerful earthquake in March 2011 spawned a huge tsunami that led to meltdowns at the Fukushima nuclear plant,
causing the world’s worst such accident since Chernobyl in 1986.

The justice ministry said after the discovery this March that decontamination work was not appropriate for foreign

One of the four companies has been slapped with a five-year ban on accepting new foreign trainees, and the ministry is
still investigating how many trainees in the other three firms were involved.

The ministry has finished its investigation into 182 construction companies that hire foreign trainees, and will look into
another 820 firms by the end of September.

Japan has been accepting foreign trainees under the government program since 1993 and there were just over 250,000
in the country in late 2017.

But critics say the trainees often face poor work conditions including excessive hours and harassment.

The number of foreign trainees who ran away from their employers jumped from 2,005 in 2012 to 7,089 in 2017,
according to the ministry survey. Many cited low pay as the main reason for running away.

The investigation comes as Japan’s government moves to bring more foreign workers into the country to tackle a labor
shortage caused by the country’s aging, shrinking population.

The government in June said it wanted to create a new visa status to bring in foreign workers, with priority given to
those looking for jobs in sectors such as agriculture that have been hardest hit by the labor shortage.

The workers would be able to stay for up to five years, but would not be allowed to bring their family members.

The government put the number of foreign workers in Japan in 2017 at 1.28 million people.

But more than 450,000 of those are foreign spouses of Japanese citizens, ethnic Koreans long settled in Japan, or
foreigners of Japanese descent, rather than workers coming to Japan simply for jobs.

Another nearly 300,000 are students.

Source: AFP
Published on July 14, 2018

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