Vietnam, Japan agree on employing specific skilled workers

Vietnam’s Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) and four Japanese agencies on July 1 signed a memorandum of cooperation (MoC) on sending specific skilled workers of Vietnam to work in Japan.

At the signing ceremony 

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his Japanese counterpartShinzo Abe attended the signing ceremony of the MoC, inked by representativesof the MOLISA and the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Foreign Affairs,Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, and the National Police Agency ofJapan.

The MoC is a fundamental legal framework for Japan toreceive Vietnamese workers under Japan’s “specific skilled workers” programme.

Under the deal, the Japanese side will only accept specificskilled workers from Vietnam after they complete necessary procedures in linewith the law of Vietnam, which enables them to enter a recognised list of theMOLISA.

The workers must be sent from organisations and businesseslicenced by the MOLISA, along with Vietnamese nationals residing in Japan whoare directly recruited by Japanese employers.

The MoC bans unqualified Vietnamese residing in Japan to takepart in skill testing activities in Japan.

The Japanese side will apply suitable measures to preventVietnamese guest students to change their residential status to work in Japan,said the MoC.

Under the deal, specific skilled workers in Japan will enjoybenefits in line with the country’s immigration law, labour law and other relatedregulations. At the same time, they will have other rights related to Japaneseand other skills training fees, travel allowance, including air tickets toVietnam after ending the contract.

Japan will not receive Vietnamese workers in banned regionsor sectors, it said.

Through the MoC, Vietnam and Japan agreed to shareinformation of agencies and organisations authorised for sending or receivingworkers to work in Japan, while coordinating with each other in management andsupervision activities to prevent violations.-VNA

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