- Japan will be having a new working visa system in their country
- This will allow hundreds of thousands of foreign workers in Japan
- Only 14 job classifications are covered by the new system
In April 2019, the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will start creating a new working vista system in Japan. KAMI learned that with the new system, around 340,000 foreign workers will be able to work in Japan for the next five years.
However, only 14 job classifications will be covered with the new system. The workers will also have to go through skill test and language proficiency examination as reported by ABS-CBN News.
Here are the 14 job classifications:
- Shipbuilding and marine industry
- Nursing care
- Lodging (hotels)
- Food and drink manufacturing
- Food service
- Raw material processing
- Industrial machinery manufacturing
- Electric and electronic information
- Automobile maintenance
The new benefits entail an opportunity for the workers to be referred to as employees and not just trainees. According to Nora Braganza of Japan Employment Providers of the Philippines and Consultants’ Association, those trainees who are already in Japan will just have to take and pass special tests. If they pass, they will be allowed to stay in Japan for up to 10 years.
In addition, professionals who are already in Japan can take special tests such as skill test and language proficiency exam as well and if they pass, they can be given residency. Meaning, they can also bring their family members in Japan.
Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) also warns Filipinos about illegal recruiters. They advise the people to check if their information is legitimate. They also encourage Filipinos to learn Nihonggo which is a basic requirement to get a job in Japan.
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