Labour Minister Ith Samheng said yesterday said he plans to increase the number of Cambodian trainees being sent to Japan for study and part-time work, noting that about 6,000 have been working in the country since 2007.
Mr Samheng made the announcement during a Memorandum of Understanding ceremony, saying his ministry planned to send trainees to work in Japan’s Ehime province in particular, in collaboration with the Foreign Trainees Union.
He said 6,177 trainees have gone to Japan since 2007, including 3,572 women, ranking Cambodia as the sixth largest contributor of labourers out of 15 countries that work with Japan.
“The ministry will try its best to send more trainees to work in Japan,” he said. “We will send thousands of our trainees to work there in the coming years.”
He said that Cambodians could work in various fields, such as service, agriculture, and the industrial and fishing sectors, while also studying.
Mr Samheng said the trainees must speak Japanese in order to qualify for the positions, adding that the MoU between the two countries would ensure the safety of workers.
Ehime provincial governor Nakamura Tokihiro told reporters that he hoped to accept at least 1,000 trainees per year.
“This is my first time visiting Cambodia and I see that Cambodian youth are full of energy and can be a good resource for Japan,” he said.
Cambodia currently sends workers to six countries: Japan, Thailand, Laos, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong.
Migrant workers total about 1.2 million and send about $2 billion back to Cambodia to support their families.