Japan, the first test of capabilities for foreign workers, was held in preparation for the activation of the new visa system launched this month to boost foreign employment in the country.
The Japan Times reported on Sunday that the test conducted in different parts of the country focused on the verification of the knowledge and skills required to work in the hotel accommodation and hotel industry in Japan, noting that about 390 people underwent the test which included knowledge of the hotel services sector and skills Dealing with customers, held in seven different regions including Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka, with the government announcing the results on May 25.
Many applicants are thought to be students with part-time hotel experience in Japan, the paper said. Applicants must take a test to measure their proficiency in Japanese before applying for a new visa.
The first test of candidates hoping to work in Japan’s nursing sector was conducted on Saturday, but in the Philippine capital, Manila, the newspaper said.
Japan announced a new visa system on April 1 to bring in more foreign workers to meet its needs of severe labor shortages, reflecting a major change in its traditional policies and strict immigration rules, the newspaper said..
Over the next five years, the Japanese government expects up to 345,000 foreign migrant workers to become the newly-created “skilled worker no. 1” and to start working in 14 sectors in dire need of employment such as accommodation, housing, nursing, construction and agriculture, The visa allows them to stay in the country for 5 years.