Japan seeks foreign shipbuilding workers

Japan seeks foreign shipbuilding workers

The Japanese government is looking to recruit over 13,000 shipbuilding overseas workers this year, primarily from China, as part of its plan to solve labour shortage issues in several sectors.

According to the plan, Japan is going to recruit up to 47,550 workers in 2019 and 345,000 workers in the next five years from nine countries including China, Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, Nepal and Mongolia for 14 industries including shipbuilding, metal processing, automobile, agriculture and fishing.

The shipbuilding industry is looking to hire 13,000 foreigner workers this year, accounting for 27.3% of the total planned recruiting number and the recruitment centre for shipbuilding workers will be set up in China.

The qualified workers will be granted several favourable policies including bringing their families to Japan during their working period in the country.

Japan’s shipbuilding industry has been facing fierce competition from neighboring countries China and South Korea in recent years, and is also suffering from labour shortage issues.

Meanwhile the massive consolidation in the Chinese shipbuilding industry in the past few years have led to a large number of shipbuilding workers losing their jobs and many of them have switched to other sectors.

Jason Jiang

Jason worked for a number of logistics firms following his English degree, then switched this hands-on experience to writing and has since become one the most prolific writers on the diverse China logistics industry writing for a host of titles including Supply Chain Asia, Cargo Facts and Air Cargo Week. Jason’s access to the biggest shippers with business in China has proved an invaluable source of exclusives.

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    S Venkatraman
    April 13, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    Good coverage and excellent presentation