According to Japan’s Ministry of Justice, by the end of October 2017, over 240,000 Vietnamese labourers were working in Japan, accounting for 18.8% of foreign workers in the country, making the Vietnamese community the second largest foreign group in Japan after China with 373,000 people.
Vietnam is viewed as having the fastest growth among foreign worker communities in Japan, with a year-on-year rise of 39.7%. Vietnamese labourers are highly valued for their qualifications and capacity.
Koganei Seiki – a large, high-precision technology firm – currently employs 39 Vietnamese technicians, all of whom have worked for the firm for between three and 11 years. The company has accessed Vietnamese workers though leading universities and direct recruitment strategies.
Koganei Seiki President Yusuke Kamoshita said that the firm has been hiring Vietnamese workers to do the same job as their Japanese peers over the last 12 years.
Leaders of the company affirmed that the Vietnamese staff make great contributions to the growth of the firm. In particular, the innovative ideas of Vietnamese technicians have benefited the firm significantly.
Vu Le Binh, a technician working for Koganei Seiki since 2007, has received praise from his Japanese co-workers for his creative thinking. After 11 years in Japan, Binh said that choosing to work in the country was one of the best decisions he has ever made.
Real Kensetsu, a Japanese construction firm, faced difficulties recruiting Japanese workers. As such, it started to hire Vietnamese staff in 2014 and has not looked back since. Currently, the company employs 20 Vietnamese labourers who work in various projects in Kanto.
Successful stories of Vietnamese workers in Japan demonstrate that Vietnamese labourers have abundant opportunities to study and work equally and effectively in the East Asian nation as one of the promising labour markets for Vietnam.