Pakistan, Japan agree to sign MoU on manpower export



Pakistan and Japan have agreed to further negotiate on signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for export thousands of skilled labor from Pakistan to Japan. Japan has decided to open the labor market in 14 different sectors, including construction, nursing care, agriculture, manufacturing and light engineering and other sectors, Minister and Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Japan in Pakistan Yusuke Shindo told APP here on Sunday. The senior diplomat expected that the MoU could be signed between the two countries during next month (November). He said that Japan intended to attract up to 500,000 blue-collar workers from all over the world to Japan over five years by 2025 and further enhance this by 2030. This law, which took effect in April of this year, creates two new categories of visas for blue-collar workers in 14 sectors as Japan was facing labor crunch. Yusuke Shindo said that new VISA policy for immigrant labor would come to an effect from April 1st of this year, creates two new categories of visas including visas for blue-collar workers and low tech labor workers in 14 sectors that face a labor crunch. He said that Japan has open doors for foreign Workers of different courtiers to undertake a policy initiative to alleviate problems caused by its rapidly growing old population of more than 60. —APP

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