This is part of a policy package approved by the Japanese Government, including a plan to set up about 100 centers of this kind to provide advice and support for foreigners in Japan.  Notably, most of the centers have provided services in the Vietnamese language.

The one in Gunma prefecture, where about 5,950 Vietnamese are working and living, is a case in point.

At the center in Gunma prefecture

Established in June 2019 and officially becoming operational on July 1, the center is now providing consultation services in Vietnamese and four other languages, including English, Chinese, Spanish and Portuguese.

Director of the center Tatsuya Koase told Vietnam News Agency that Gunma is home to many foreigners who often face many difficulties due to cultural differences, adding that through the center’s services, foreigners will be consulted on essential issues such as procedures for residence registration, employment, education, social welfare, and medical care.

Previously, speaking at a meeting with Vietnamese Ambassador to Japan Vu Hong Nam on October 4, Ichita Yamamoto, Governor of Gunma prefecture affirmed that foreigners in general and the Vietnamese community in particular has become an important part of the socio-economic development of the prefecture.

The local authority always attaches great importance to how Vietnamese people and other foreigners can live and study more comfortably in the prefecture, the official added.

Source: VNA