Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared job openings in Japan as the country is currently launching its doors to at least 50 ,000 skilled workers from the Philippines who can have a chance to get employed in their country within the next six years once PM Abe finalizes new guidelines to give temporary residence to foreign manual laborers.
The announcement of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was also verified by Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines, Ambassador Koji Haneda who shared also that Japan’s parliament is ready to deliberate during its extraordinary session in autumn on the development of a new residency status.
The status, Ambassador Haneda claimed that the status permits foreign workers in a bigger range of industries to remain for five years in Japan.
Ambassador Haneda was cited as stating “While we are waiting for the rules and regulations of this new scheme to be released, I personally estimate more than 50,000 workers from the Philippines will come to work in Japan with this new work permit by 2025,” Haneda stated.
Expected to be employed from the Philippines are nursing, farming, construction, hospitality and also shipbuilding industries based on the statement from the Japanese government.
“In order to accept more foreign workers in Japan, we will create a new residency status for foreign workers with a certain level of expertise or skill from next year,” Haneda stated.
He stated the Philippines and Japan have 3 defining aspects in their economic relationship which are the cooperation in infrastructure development, mutually beneficial trade policies and then “people-to-people ties.”
“In this area, Japan and the Philippines can form truly mutually complementary relations. Japan faces an aging society and lacks labor force while the Philippines is abundant with young labor force with great potential,” he stated.
“Filipino workers are expected to help Japan address the issues arising from aging society. Japan can provide qualified Filipino workers with job opportunities,” Ambassador Haneda added.
Ambassador Haneda moreover mentioned that Japan’s announcement would allow over 500,000 foreign workers between 2019 and 2025 to help fill the workers shortage in the face of Japan’s aging population as well as the need to maximize its potential growth rate.
According to the statistics, there are actually at least 153,600 are from the Philippines or perhaps 12 % of the international labor force. They belong to highly specialized fields, just like engineering as well as the academe. With the latest development, the new program will grant one out of ten job openings starting summer of 2019 will be filled by a Filipino.