Newly-appointed Japanese Ambassador Mikami Masahiro yesterday said Japan is committed to increasing the number of migrant workers in his country.
Mr Mikami made the statement during a courtesy call to Labour Minister Ith Samheng at the ministry’s headquarters in Phnom Penh.
Mr Mikami said Japanese companies admire the work ethic of Cambodians due to their honesty, patience and hard work. Therefore, he will strive to incorporate Cambodian trainees into more companies in Japan.
Mr Samheng responded by acknowledging Japan’s recognition of Cambodian workers. He said Cambodia is satisfied with the way migrant workers are treated in Japan.
“There are about 12,000 Cambodian workers employed in Japan and so far this year, Cambodia has sent 11 expert workers to work in Japan,” Mr Samheng said. “It is the first time after an MoU between Cambodia and Japan on sending and receiving skilled workers to Japan was signed.”
Ministry spokesman Heng Sour said the Labour Ministry expects that with Mr Mikami as ambassador, cooperation with Cambodia in the labour sector will improve.
“Japan will try to open more jobs for our workers and trainees,” Mr Sour said. “The Japanese ambassador did not set a figure or quota for Cambodian workers or workers from other countries to work in Japan, so it depends on how interested workers are and whether or not they can pass job interviews.”
“For workers who want to work in Japan, the first thing they need is proficiency in the Japanese language. Then they can search for legal recruitment companies who are licensed to send workers to work in Japan,” he added.
However, he noted that those who are interested in working in Japan must be careful when attending language classes because even though some language training schools train workers in the Japanese language, not all of them are permitted to send trainees to work in Japan.