Indian workers can now access Japanese job market, India Japan sign agreement
On Monday, an agreement was signed between India and Japan inorder to boost the mobility of skilled Indian workers in 14 fields. These fields include, nursing, industrial machinery, shipbuilding, aviation, agriculture and the food services industry.
Amidst the pandemic, both the countries have planned to work on the betterment of their economic cooperation across different area. These areas range from the steel industry and investments to creating alternative and more resilient supply chains.
A joint working group of officials will be set up by both the countries. This will be done to work out operational details and for smooth implementation of the programme.
The external ministry said, “Japan would grant these workers the status of ‘specified skilled worker’. It is also expected that Indian skilled workers who go to Japan under this MoC will acquire new skills while working in Japan.”
A memorandum of cooperation (MoC) was signed by Foreign secretary Harsh Shringla and Japan’s ambassador Satoshi Suzuki. The framework of the memorandum was based on partnership for specified skilled workers (SSWs), whereby Indian workers in 14 categories who meet skill requirements and pass Japanese language tests will be eligible for employment on a contractual basis.
Singhla said in the signing ceremony, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has attached “high priority” to the quick operationalisation of the agreement. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, during his tenure as the chief cabinet secretary, was one of the main movers of the SSW programme to address the needs of Japan’s skilled labour market.
According to the ambassador of Japan, the agreement will open the door for talented and skilled Indians to get jobs in Japan. He wrote on twitter, “I’m confident it takes our friendship further with more Indian people coming to Japan.”
The signed agreement covers 14 fields which include nursing care, material processing, industrial machinery manufacturing, electric and electronic information, construction, shipbuilding and ship-related industries, aviation, agriculture, fisheries, food and beverage manufacturing, food services industry, lodging, automobile maintenance and building cleaning.
Currently, more than 38,000 Indians are living in Japan.