Vietnam, Japan foster labor cooperation

Vietnam and Japan consented to continue strengthening cooperation to remove difficulties related to labor and human resources training, creating conditions for Vietnamese workers to feel secure
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Minister of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs Dao Ngoc Dung had a meeting with the Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam Yamada Takio on the morning of June 2 in Hanoi, according to Dan Tri.

At the meeting, Minister Dao Ngoc Dung briefed the Ambassador about Vietnam's socio-economic development in the first five months of the year.

Vietnam, Japan foster labor cooperation
Minister of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs Dao Ngoc Dung had a meeting with the Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam Yamada Takio on the morning of June 2 in Hanoi. Photo: Dan Tri.

The minister said that the fourth wave of Covid-19 had adversely affected Vietnam’s socio-economic development, especially in the field of labor and employment. The pandemic has spread in industrial parks, export processing zones and businesses with a large number of workers in provinces and cities such as Bac Giang, Bac Ninh and Ho Chi Minh City.

Talking to the Ambassador about the Vietnam - Japan strategic partnership, the minister emphasized: "Labor and human resource training is one of the most important fields in the Vietnam-Japan cooperation. In 2020, Vietnam sent 39,000 workers to Japan. Currently, there are about 30,000 workers waiting to come to Japan to work.”

The minister also requested Japan to finalize a number of procedures to receive Vietnamese workers who had completed training programs.

Vietnam, Japan foster labor cooperation
Minister of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs Dao Ngoc Dung wished Japan can pay attention to and support Vietnamese workers in Japan. Photo: Dan Tri.

“In the time ahead, Vietnam and Japan need to beef up cooperation to remove difficulties related to the field of labor and human resource training as well as to develop mechanisms and policies appropriate to the current situation,” Dung said.

At the meeting, the minister said he wished Japan would continue to pay attention to and support Vietnamese interns and workers in Japan, especially during Covid-19.

The minister expressed his thanks to the Japanese Government for taking care of Vietnamese workers in the country and creating maximum conditions for them to feel more secure.

Vietnam, Japan foster labor cooperation

Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam Yamada Takio said that Vietnamese interns had played an important role in the socio-economic development of his country. Photo: Dan Tri

Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam Yamada Takio said: "As many as 440,000 Vietnamese people are residing and working in Japan, in which, Vietnamese nurses and midwives are highly appreciated when taking the Japanese national exam with the passing rate of 92.1% among contestants from other countries."

Ambassador Yamada Takio added that amid the complex coronavirus situation, Japan had made efforts to receive Vietnamese nurse and midwives candidates, supporting trainees with expired visas who could not return home due to the pandemic, and providing accommodation so that they could stay and work legally.

"It can be said that Vietnamese technical interns rank first among those from other countries. Vietnamese interns have played an important role in the socio-economic development of our country,” Ambassador Yamada Takio said.

Ambassador Yamada Takio expressed his hope that Vietnam would ramp up the management of dispatching enterprises, focus on enhancing the capacity and skills for workers, as well as fostering collaboration with Japan in various fields.

Vietnam has overtaken China as the nation with the highest number of workers in Japan despite the pandemic impact, VnExpress reported.

The number of Vietnamese workers in Japan last year reached 443,998, accounting for the largest number of foreign employees, according to 2020 statistics from the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.

They were followed by the Chinese with 419,431 and the Filipinos with 184,750.

In March last year, Japan stopped accepting Vietnamese guest workers as the novel coronavirus pandemic broke out. In October it eased travel restrictions on Vietnamese and some other nationals in a bid to revive its battered economy, allowing non-tourist arrivals.

Its embassy in Vietnam started to issue visas in late November for short-term commercial purposes such as market research, negotiations and signing contracts, cultural exchanges, training programs, and long-term stays.

But on Dec. 28, Japan stopped new entries to halt the spread of new coronavirus variants that were spreading in the UK, South Africa and other regions.

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