The Japanese government has recently adopted 126 measures to urge more foreign workers to work in their country. Eight Asian countries, including the Philippines, China, and Vietnam, are eyed as potential sources of skilled workers to boost various short-handed sectors in Japan.
Aside from the above-mentioned countries, the Japanese government will prepare separate bilateral agreements on foreign employees with Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand, and Myanmar under new visa guidelines to be announced in April 2019. The final list of countries is yet to be officially named as bilateral talks are still ongoing.
The Japanese government expects a huge increase in foreign workers soon as the new “Special Skill” visa status rolls out in April. Following significant amendments to the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act, Japan’s Ministry of Labor hopes the adopted measures will ensure job security among resident and non-resident foreign workers.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also urged his labor officials to deliver acceptable bilateral agreements that will motivate foreign workers to invest their skills not only to urban areas but also rural communities. The new procedures aim to establish a better working environment among foreigners and local Japanese. The recent labor measures will also provide continuous help to foreign nationals already staying in Japan.
One important thing is that the bilateral talks will not require “Diet” approval because of a formal request from various countries including Vietnam. The initiative aims to protect the labor rights of foreign nationals working in Japan against unfair labor practices. The Japanese government will ensure suitable living conditions and comfortable working environments for all foreign workers. Foreign workers can open their personal bank accounts, providing easy access to various banking transactions.
With the new policies, Japan plans to establish a special framework that would allow police intervention to prevent illegal recruiters on eyeing foreign workers interested to work in Japan. Based on the current intern system, unscrupulous brokers often charge their victims with excessive service fees and force them to pay huge deposits in advance. However, under the new bilateral agreements, law enforcement agencies from both countries can exchange intelligence reports to expose these fraudulent acts.
As per the adopted plan, the Center for Multicultural Information and Assistance, a one-stop government facility, will be deployed in 100 locations across Japan. This government centers aim to provide valuable administrative procedures and consultation to all foreign workers, delivered in 11 different languages including Tagalog, Chinese, and English among others through translation apps. To support this endeavor, the government has allotted a supplementary budget amounting to 16.3 billion yen for fiscal 2019.
The recent amendments under the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act hope to generate 340,000 jobs in specific industries over the next five years. For many Filipinos, Japan could become their perfect destination as the country will open more jobs related to nursing care, restaurant, engineering, and agriculture.
To know more about Japan’s Immigration and Control Act, you my visit the government’s website.