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Jobs in Japan for skilled workers

The Government will today enter into a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) with the Japanese Government to send skilled Sri Lankan workers for a period of 10 years.

Telecommunications, Foreign Employment and Sports Minister Harin Fernando, who is currently in Japan, will sign the MoC with the Health, Labour and Welfare Ministry, Justice Ministry, Foreign Affairs Ministry and National Police Agency of Japan.

Under the MOC, the Japanese Government agrees to accept Sri Lankan skilled workers under 14 categories. The categories include care workers, buildings cleaning management, machine parts and tooling industries, electric, electronic and information industries, construction industry, ship building and ship machinery industry, automobile and repair maintenance, aviation industry, accommodation industry, agriculture, fishery and aquaculture, manufacture of food and beverages and, food service industry.

Telecommunication, Foreign Employment and Sports Deputy Minister Manusha Nanayakkara, addressing a press conference at the Foreign Employment Bureau yesterday, said the signing of the MOC with Japan was a landmark achievement for Sri Lanka.

He said Japan has decided to sign specified skilled worker MOCs with nine countries and Sri Lanka was the seventh in the list.

“Our migrant workers will be guaranteed employment in Japan. Sri Lanka’s vocation system will be upgraded to Japanese competency standards. The Japanese Language proficiency level of those migrating to Japan will have to be improved. The Foreign Employment Bureau is formulating courses to fulfill those requirements. No fee will be charged from the migrant workers. However, when the programme is announced, fraudulent job agents will mushroom and we request the public not to fall prey to them,” he said.

The Deputy Minister said that Japanese industry experts in the above-mentioned 14 categories would visit Sri Lanka to scrutinise the vocational training systems and help improve them. He said competent migrant workers would be able to shift to the professional categories of Japan.

Commenting on recent newspaper reports on the insurance scheme introduced for migrant workers in Kuwait, the Deputy Minister said the claims that the worker should contribute to the insurance scheme was untrue. “It is the employer, who receives the migrant worker, who should pay the installments for a period of two years. The insurance scheme will benefit all workers who migrate to Kuwait. Under it, compensation will be paid upto 1,000 Kuwaiti Dinars.The agreement signed to give effect to the insurance scheme is valid for five years and it will be reviewed in two years,” he disclosed.

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