|At the signing ceremony. (Photo: VNA)
Upon addressing the signing ceremony, Deputy Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Le Tan Dung emphasized that since the establishment of Vietnam-Japan diplomatic relations in 1973, bilateral co-operative ties have undergone strong, comprehensive, and practical developments across a range of fields such as economics, culture, and society.
In particular, both nations have placed great importance on co-operation in the labour sector as they have joined forces to deploy a number of programs which have proved effective and greatly contributed to their common success.
Vietnam has sent more than 250,000 apprentices to Japan so far and last year saw the number of apprentices heading to Japan reach nearly 70,000. This figure accounted for over 50 per cent of the total number of foreign trainees located in the far eastern country, he said.
Currently, some 200,000 Vietnamese interns are working in Japan while the country also dispatches thousands of technicians to Japan annually.
Mr Dung stressed that due to Japan’s rapidly aging population, foreign trainees from Vietnam have proved to be an important source of manpower across all industries.
The MOLISA representative affirmed that the signing of the MoU will provide a foundation for establishment of a co-operative framework that promotes exchange activities. This will see additional Vietnamese interns and labourers being sent to work in the nursing sector in Nagono prefecture.
He expressed his belief that with the newly signed MoU, Vietnamese young people will enjoy a wealth of opportunities to both study and work in Japan. Furthermore, they are likely to use their skills and experience to make an important contribution to their homeland’s development upon their return.
Abe Shuichi, the Governor of Nagano prefecture, said in recent times Nagano prefecture has collaborated alongside Vietnam in numerous fields, especially in the agricultural, manufacturing, and tourism sectors.
Co-operation to boost human resource development has been of crucial importance to both sides with some 3,400 Vietnamese people now living and working in Nagano prefecture, Mr Abe Shuichi added.
Mr Abe Shuichi expressed his desire to increase the number of Vietnamese labourers working in the prefecture, especially in the fields of tourism and nursing. He noted that Nagano prefecture has devised a number of policies aimed at assisting foreign workers in terms of housing, improved working conditions, and the opening of support centres.
He pointed out that the MoU will facilitate the implementation of co-operative activities between the two countries in the time ahead and create optimal conditions in which Vietnamese workers in Japan can enjoy.