The Ministry of Labour and a union association from the prefecture of Ehime in Japan signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Monday involving sending about 1,000 Cambodian trainees per year to work in Japan, starting this year.
Nakamura Tokihiro, the governor of Ehime prefecture, told reporters on Monday that at least 1,000 Cambodian trainees will be sent to work in Ehime per year.
“Many Japanese people require Cambodian people to work over there,” he said. “This is my first visit to Cambodia and I see that Cambodian youth are full of energy and are a good resource for working in Japan, with good communications, they are friendly and work hard,” he added.
Labour Minister Ith Samheng also said on Monday that Cambodia began sending trainees to internships and to work in Japan since 2007, and until the end of 2017, 6,177 Cambodians have worked in Japan.
“So through this MoU, I hope many companies in Ehime will take more Cambodian people to work over there in various fields,” he said.
Now Cambodia sends workers to Japan, Thailand, Laos, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong. A total of about 1.2 million workers are overseas and each year send money to support their families totaling about $2 billion per year.