The two countries signed a memorandum of understanding on Monday, January 17, to strengthen bilateral relations between India and Japan. As a result, skilled jobs will be created in Japan for skilled Indians across 14 different fields, The Times reported.
An agreement was signed between Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Sringla and Japanese Ambassador to New Delhi Suzuki Santoshi. The MoC includes 14 specific skills under which skilled workers from India will meet the needs of Japanese workers and pass Japanese language tests to get suitable employment opportunities in Japan on a contractual basis, Swarajya said in their report.
The 14 specific industrial sectors include nursing care, building cleaning, material processing, industrial equipment manufacturing, electrical and electronic information, construction, shipbuilding and ship-related industries, automobile maintenance, aviation, lodging, agriculture, fisheries, food and beverage production. And food industry etc. This was stated in a statement issued by MEA on Monday.
Japan will give these workers the status of “specified skilled workers”. It is also expected that Indian skilled workers who will go to Japan under this MOC will acquire new skills while working in Japan.
The two countries will now set up a Joint Working Group (JWG) to publish the necessary operational details. Notably, in the past, Japan was reluctant to accept foreign workers. So the significance of this incident is much more. As a result, it is hoped that the two countries will come closer and the people of India will also get decent employment