Ja­pan to con­sume Nepali man­power

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The Gov­ern­ment of Ja­pan has de­cided to al­low Nepali mi­grant work­ers in its labour mar­ket.

Ja­pan’s such de­ci­sion came af­ter a meet­ing be­tween Min­is­ter for For­eign Af­fairs Pradeep Ku­mar Gyawali and his Ja­panese coun­ter­part held some weeks ago.

Ac­cord­ing to Nikkei Asian Re­view, the gov­ern­ment of Ja­pan will ac­cept about 340,000 for­eign work­ers in the tar­geted in­dus­tries over five years. “Un­der the plans adopted on Tues­day, one-stop fa­cil­i­ties, ten­ta­tively named Cen­tres for Mul­ti­cul­tural In­for­ma­tion and As­sis­tance, will be es­tab­lished at about 100 lo­ca­tions na­tion­wide. These cen­tres will pro­vide con­sul­ta­tions on ad­min­is­tra­tive pro­ce­dures and ev­ery­day life in 11 lan­guages — Ja­panese, English, Chi­nese, Korean, Span­ish, Viet­namese, Thai, Por­tuguese, In­done­sian, Nepalese and Ta­ga­log — us­ing trans­la­tion apps and other means,” the on­line por­tal of Nikkei Asian Re­view men­tions.

How­ever, the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs has said that no of­fi­cial in­for­ma­tion was re­ceived from the Ja­pan Gov­ern­ment to that end. Like­wise, Sec­re­tary at the Min­istry of Labour, Em­ploy­ment and So­cial Se­cu­rity Ma­hesh Prasad Da­hal said that process to con­sti­tute a mech­a­nism would be ini­ti­ated to send Nepalis to Ja­pan af­ter a sched­uled visit of a tech­ni­cal team from Ja­pan to Nepal in Jan­uary 2019.

Ja­pan has re­cently amended its im­mi­gra­tion laws paving the way for blue-col­lar jobs for cer­tain coun­tries.

Un­der the re­vised im­mi­gra­tion law, Ja­pan will pro­vide work­ing visas for blue-col­lar for­eign work­ers with cer­tain skills and ex­per­tise for the first time in the coun­try’s post­war his­tory, as it deals with an acute labour short­age caused by the gray­ing of

its pop­u­la­tion, the Times re­port says. Over the first five years, about 345,000 for­eign work­ers will be al­lowed to work across 14 in­dus­trial sec­tors, in­clud­ing nurs­ing care, jan­i­to­rial work, man­u­fac­tur­ing, the ho­tel in­dus­try, agri­cul­ture and fish­ing, as well as food pro­cess­ing and food ser­vices. Work­ers are set to in­clude those from China, In­done­sia, Mon­go­lia, Myan­mar, Nepal, Thai­land, the Philip­pines and Viet­nam. The Ja­panese gov­ern­ment also pledged to in­tro­duce stricter screen­ing pro­cesses to crack down on rogue bro­kers that ex­ploit mi­grant for­eign work­ers through debt-bondage.

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