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350k job opportunities are open to migrant workers in Japan


The Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Tokyo stated on Friday that migrant workers, especially overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), had 350,000 job prospects in Japan.


Labor Attaché Marie Rose Escalada stated in a virtual forum that Japan is eager to employ international workers under the Special Skilled Worker (SSW) visa.


“The SSW was introduced in April 2019 and (took) off last year. Under the Special Skills Worker visa, there are 14 occupational categories. These jobs are available to all workers all over the world, not only to Filipinos,” Escalada said.


Care workers, building cleaning management, machine parts and tooling industries, industrial machinery industries, electric, electronics, and information industries, construction industry, shipbuilding and ship machinery industry, automotive repair and maintenance, aviation industry, accommodation industry, agriculture, fishery, and food manufacturing are all job classifications under the SSW.


She said SSW has two categories -- SSW I and SSW II, Under SSW I, workers can stay in Japan for a maximum of five years and are not allowed to bring their family.


Meanwhile, SSW II enables employees to stay for the same amount of time as before, but they may bring their families with them to the host nation. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and have passed either the Japanese language competency test or the technical intern training.


At the same time, Escalada stated that there is a growing market for Filipino professional basketball and volleyball players in the host country. “There were a lot of queries about professional basketball players and volleyball players last month. She went on to say, "I believe two or three basketball players are currently hired by teams."



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