He told Phan Tien Hoang, representative of the Vietnamese Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs in Japan, on January 15. They, together with several representatives from the Japan Cooperative Alliance (JCA) and International Manpower Supply and Trade Company Ltd (SONA), visited Vietnamese practitioners in agricultural sector in the Japanese locality.

Vietnamese workers working in a company in Japan

Satoshi Tsutsumiya said that Ibaraki has set up a support centre to connect local enterprises with foreign labourers who want to work in the prefecture.

As language is the biggest barrier for foreigners, the prefecture is providing online Japanese language training courses for free for them. Unlike other prefectures, Ibaraki also helps workers look for jobs after they come back home, he added.

Hoang said he rejoiced at stable jobs of the Vietnamese workers in Ibaraki, asking them to abide by rules of the employers as well as regulations in the host country.

He took the occasion to thank Japanese firms for creating favourable conditions for Vietnamese workers in the past time.

Currently, there are some 7,700 Vietnamese nationals in Ibaraki prefecture, around 5,000 of whom are practitioners in the agricultural and manufacturing sectors.

Located 100 kilometres northeast of Tokyo, Ibaraki holds strengths in energy, precision mechanics, and chemicals.

Source: VNA