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Vietnam & Japan sign agreement on hospitality jobs

Released at: 14:05, 07/10/2019

Vietnam & Japan sign agreement on hospitality jobs

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Agreement encourages Vietnamese workers in accommodation and hospitality services to work in Japan.

by Le Diem

The Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) and the Japan Ryokan and Hotel Association have signed a memorandum of cooperation (MoC) on sending Vietnamese accommodation and hospitality workers to Japan.

Vietnamese workers will be allowed to work in Japan for five years with a salary based on Japanese regulations. They also receive accommodation, social benefits, and healthcare programs for foreigners working in Japan.

MoLISA is building programs to inform Vietnamese about working opportunities in Japan as well as selecting enterprises that meet requirements on sending specifically-skilled workers to the country and creating the conditions necessary for them to seek contracts with good working conditions.

Addressing the ceremony for signing the MoC, Deputy Minister of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs Le Tan Dung said the agreement not only creates job opportunities for skilled workers in the accommodation and hospitality sector but also connects domestic and international labor markets and helps Japan deal with its shortage of human resources in important sectors of its economy. It also boosts cooperation, especially in labor, vocational training, and technology transfer between the two countries.

Japan’s legislature passed a bill last year creating a new foreign worker program to help address its labor shortages, opening up the country’s doors to blue-collar workers in a major policy shift. The law took effect in April this year and creates two new visa categories: five years for foreign trainees who have completed their education or have certain skills and Japanese-language abilities, and from one to three years for more highly-skilled workers, which can be renewed indefinitely for long-term employment. A maximum of 345,150 people are expected to receive visas over five years in 14 undermanned sectors in Japan such as accommodation services, construction, ship building, agriculture, food, restaurants, and fisheries.

Vietnam has sent more than 250,000 trainees to learn and work in Japan, according to MoLISA. The total sent in 2018 was nearly 70,000, accounting for more than 50 per cent of the number of foreign trainees in Japan. There are nearly 200,000 Vietnamese trainees now in Japan, and Vietnam also sends thousands of technicians to the country every year.

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