Japan looking for skilled workers from Malaysia

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Japan looking for skilled workers from Malaysia

IN Japan, spending too much time chit chatting or playing with your phone while on the clock is typically looked down upon.

Doing this gives others a strong impression that you’re really not taking your job seriously.

Japanese people really don’t talk during work. They don’t go for tea breaks while at work. In a major shift for a country’s long closed to immigrants, Japan a highly developed country with the 3rd largest economy in the world is looking forward to foreigners in several skilled jobs. It is opening its doors to blue-collar workers from overseas to fill the gaps left by an ageing population.

Looking for a job in Japan, especially if you have the right skill, here is the good news. Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri M.Saravanan is in Tokyo with Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob to ink the memorandum of cooperation (MoC) with the Japanese government which could potentially open doors to thousands of Malaysians to work in Japan.

Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (left)

The objective of the MoC is to help elevate Technical Education and National Vocational Training (TVET) to produce multi-skilled workforce among locals focusing on mastery of specialized techniques.

Malaysian skilled workers will soon work in 14 specific sectors- upskill and reskill. This includes hardware industry and machine parts, industry industrial machinery, electrical industry, industry ship building & ship machinery, electronic and information, repair and maintenance industry automobile and aviation industry.

As of October 2021, Japan housed 1.73 million foreign workers, out of a total population of 125.4 million and just 2.5% of its working population.

Once the MoC is signed, Malaysia would be the 10th country to provide workers to Japan, joining other source nations such as the Philippines, Cambodia and Myanmar.

This is in line with Empowering the Malaysian Look East Policy and introducing the content of Keluarga Malaysia (the Malaysian Family) in Malaysia-Japan bilateral ties agenda to be highlighted by Prime Minister during his six day official working visit.

At the invitation of Nikkei Conference, Prime Minister will attend the 27th International Conference on The Future of Asia, an annual gathering of political and economic leaders and captains of industry from the Asia Pacific region.

Prime Minister will deliver a keynote address on the theme “Redefining Asia’s role in a divided world”. YAB Prime Minister’s attendance at the 27th Nikkei Conference will provide a platform for Malaysia to share ideas and engage in initiatives aimed at greater economic cooperation between countries in the region.

Prime Minister is accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Datuk Seri Saifuddin Abdullah; Senior Minister of International Trade and Industry, Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali; Minister of Human Resources, Datuk Seri M. Saravanan; Minister of Federal Territories, Datuk Seri Dr. Shahidan Kassim, Minister of Youth and Sports, Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu; Datuk Seri (Dr.) Richard Riot Anak Jaem, Special Envoy of the Prime Minister to East Asia; Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Haji Mohamad, Deputy Minister I, Ministry of Rural Development, and senior government officials.

The 27th International Conference on the Future of Asia will be held on Thursday, May 26, and Friday, May 27, 2022.

This years conference, titled Redefining Asias role in a divided world, brings together various Asian leaders, including our Prime Minister; Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-Ocha of Thailand, President Thongloun Sisoulith of Laos, Prime Minister Hun Sen of Cambodia, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh, Deputy Prime Pham Binh Minh of Vietnam, External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar of India and former Prime Minister Tun Mahathir bin Mohamad.

Datuk Seri M. Saravanan

Besides working visits to the Japan Vocational Ability Development Association (JAVDA), Japan Institute for labour policy and Training (JILPT), Cyberdyne Studio to observe the most advanced Neuro-Robotics technology, the HAL (Hybrid Assistive Robot Suit Limb) which is the world’s first cyborg robot related to rehabilation and rehabilitation.
The human resources Minister Datuk Seri M.Saravanan is also scheduled to meet the Tamil Community and diaspora this evening at a dinner event with the Tokyo Tamil Sangam.

Apart from higher wages, Malaysians working in Japan would gain skills, work ethic and experience that they could bring back to Malaysia.

But, at the same time, it would not be easy to qualify to work in Japan as only those assessed by the Japan government with the skills and competency in the Japanese language would be considered.

M.Vivekananthan is a Political Analyst

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