Deal to make it easier to work in Japan

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Kensuke Tsuzuki, left, with Labour Minister Ith Samheng. Supplied

A renewed agreement on the employment of Cambodian maids and other workers in Japan will come into force in November, making it easier for people to find jobs in the country.  
Kensuke Tsuzuki, senior vice-president of the Japan International Training Cooperation Organisation, met Labour Minister Ith Samheng on Wednesday to discuss changes to the agreement. 
Mr Tsuzuki said Japan had amended its law on technical internships, so the changes would reflect that.  
Mr Samheng said he was satisfied with the changes because they would make it easier for Cambodians to work in Japan legally. He will visit Japan in July to sign the new deal. 
“When people are trained at an approved institute in Cambodia, they will be accepted to work in Japan,” Mr Samheng said.
He added that employees would not need previous work experience.
Cambodian workers will be offered three-year work contracts in the first instance, with the opportunity to extend twice for a two-year period, with better pay and conditions.
Mr Tsuzuki said Japan had met unions in partner countries to set out the changes. 
Mr Samheng said about 4,000 Cambodian workers had gone to Japan since 2007.
The Labour Ministry last week announced the names of 77 private recruitment agencies approved to select, train and send Cambodian workers to Thailand, Malaysia and Japan.
The ministry also urged the public to be careful of opportunistic people who might exploit their desire to work abroad, telling citizens to avoid any organisation not on the list. 

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