08:36 | 22/04/2019 Cooperation
(VEN) - The Vietnamese Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs and the government of Japan’s Chiba Province signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on human resources development cooperation.
|Deputy Minister of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs Doan Mau Diep (R) and Governor of Chiba Province Kensaku Morita at the signing ceremony|
Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs Doan Mau Diep said human resources development has become an important part of bilateral cooperation. The number of Vietnamese residing and working throughout Japan increased from more than 50,000 in 2012 to 300,000 in mid-2018, including 140,000 skill trainees in the areas of engineering, technology and more.
The agreement is a win-win situation for all sides. In light of Japan’s ageing population, foreign trainees, including those from Vietnam, make up an important supplementation to Japan’s workforce.
For Vietnam, explained Deputy Minister of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs Doan Mau Diep, the agreement provides badly needed skilled human resources that businesses are finding difficult to recruit. Working in Japan is a good opportunity for Vietnamese to learn from Japanese management and expertise, improve their skills and Japanese language, expand their experiences and increase their incomes. Finally yet importantly, when they go back home, they can contribute to enhancing the economy of Vietnam and the relationship between the two countries.
Governor of Chiba Province Kensaku Morita said about 54,000 foreigners are living and/or working in Chiba, including 14,000 Vietnamese. Chiba-based enterprises rate Vietnamese workers highly for their hard work and diligence, he said. Chiba is implementing policies and programs to support Vietnamese workers in the province to make them feel at home, he said.
Tarumi Hidie, Director of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Consular Department said the MoU has an appendix specifying strict standards that Japan’s employment agencies must satisfy.
Exchanges between Vietnamese and Japanese people will be promoted to create favorable conditions for Vietnamese to study, work and become acquainted with life in Japan. The Japanese government will also provide Vietnamese language assistance for Vietnamese workers who encounter problems while in Japan.
Vietnam and the Philippines are among the nine countries taking part in Japan’s human resources development cooperation program.