Japanese companies eye Vietnamese labourers

     Ha Noi (VNS)— Demand for foreign labourers has increased in Japan in recent years, with workers from Viet Nam being particularly sought after, according to a representative of Japan's Esuhai company.

     The comments came from Esuhai deputy director, Nguyen Huu Nghia, at a careers fair held in the southern province of Dong Nai on Sunday

     The fair, co-organised by Dong Nai Vocational Training College and Esuhai- Kaizen Yoshida School, aimed to introduce job opportunities with Japanese companies in both Viet Nam and Japan for Vietnamese people.

     A representative of the Esuhai company said Japan had an increasing demand for foreign labourers in recent years, and the majority of Japanese companies are interested in recruiting Vietnamese labourers.

     There is currently a wave of Japanese investment in Viet Nam's workers, with the country sending over 4,000 labourers to work in Japan in the first ten months of this year. This took the total number of Vietnamese labourers in Japan to 18,000 and these labourers earned an average of about US$1,500 per month.

     Deputy director of Esuhai company, Nguyen Huu Nghia said for many Vietnamese, the Japan labour market is an attractive destination due to its high wages, but is thought to recruit professional labourers only, while opportunities to work for Japanese companies are few and far between. In fact, Japan's labour market has recruited many high school graduate labourers to work in the fields of mechanics, aquaculture and fishing. This year, Japanese businesses need 10,000 Vietnamese labourers to work for them in the fields of agriculture and seafood processing.

     Nghia urged Vietnamese labourers eager to work in Japan to contact licensed labour export companies directly and not go through brokers. --VNS

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