Japan to hire over 50,000 Filipino workers starting 2019

• Japan will open its door to hundreds of thousands of foreign workers between 2019 and 2025
• More than 50,000 Filipino workers are estimated to work in Japan starting next year
•Japanese Ambassador Koji Haneda said the Philippines is abundant with young labor force with great potential

The Japanese government announced it would welcome hundreds of thousands of foreign workers to its shores between 2019 and 2025 due to shortage of labor force and its aging population.

In his speech during the 44th Philippine Business Conference and Expo held at the Manila Hotel last week, Japanese ambassador to the Philippines Koji Haneda gave an estimate that more than 50,000 of the foreign workers needed by his country would come from the Philippines.

Haneda said that in order to accept foreign workers, Japan will create a new residency status for foreign workers with a certain level of expertise or skill starting next year.

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“While we are waiting for the rules and regulations of this new scheme to be released, I personally estimate more than 50,000 workers from the Philippines will come to work in Japan,” Ambassador Haneda said.

“In this area, Japan and the Philippines can form truly mutually complementary relations. Japan faces an aging society and lacks labor force, while the Philippines is abundant with young labor force with great potential. Filipino workers are expected to help Japan address the issues arising from an aging society. Japan can provide qualified Filipino workers with job opportunities,” Haneda added.

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There are 1.28 million foreign workers in Japan, 12% of which, or about 153,600, are Filipinos, according to the Ambassador.