By Our Reporter
The Government of Japan has decided to allow Nepali migrant workers in its labour market.
Japan’s such decision came after a meeting between Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali and his Japanese counterpart held some weeks ago.
According to Nikkei Asian Review, the government of Japan will accept about 340,000 foreign workers in the targeted industries over five years. “Under the plans adopted on Tuesday, one-stop facilities, tentatively named Centres for Multicultural Information and Assistance, will be established at about 100 locations nationwide. These centres will provide consultations on administrative procedures and everyday life in 11 languages — Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Vietnamese, Thai, Portuguese, Indonesian, Nepalese and Tagalog — using translation apps and other means,” the online portal of Nikkei Asian Review mentions.
However, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said that no official information was received from the Japan Government to that end.
Likewise, Secretary at the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security Mahesh Prasad Dahal said that process to constitute a mechanism would be initiated to send Nepalis to Japan after a scheduled visit of a technical team from Japan to Nepal in January 2019.
Japan has recently amended its immigration laws paving the way for blue-collar jobs for certain countries.
Under the revised immigration law, Japan will provide working visas for blue-collar foreign workers with certain skills and expertise for the first time in the country’s postwar history, as it deals with an acute labour shortage caused by the graying of its population, the Times report says.
Over the first five years, about 345,000 foreign workers will be allowed to work across 14 industrial sectors, including nursing care, janitorial work, manufacturing, the hotel industry, agriculture and fishing, as well as food processing and food services.
Workers are set to include those from China, Indonesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam.
The Japanese government also pledged to introduce stricter screening processes to crack down on rogue brokers that exploit migrant foreign workers through debt-bondage.
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