Japan establishes support organization for foreign workers

Source: Xinhua| 2020-11-16 20:50:42|Editor: huaxia

TOKYO, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) -- The Japan International Cooperation Agency set up a support body on Monday to provide better aid for foreign workers in an effort to resolve the social issues they face by 2030.

The organization, called the Japan Platform for Migrant Workers toward a Responsible and Inclusive Society, was established with the Global Alliance for Sustainable Supply Chain, a non-governmental body that focuses on human rights issues.

At an establishment event held Monday here to mark its launch, Phi Hoa, the CEO of One-Value Inc., a company providing employment support for Vietnamese and other foreign workers, said "if Japan doesn't improve its appeal, highly-skilled workers won't come," while also mentioning barriers such as the "closed" and rigid nature of the Japanese society.

The newly-established organization will aim at making Japan a more attractive destination for foreigners amid severe labor shortage through strengthened communication, reform initiatives proposals, and publicizing information about Japan domestically and abroad.

As of Nov. 12, the organization possesses 41 group members, such as Seven & i Holdings Co. and SoftBank Corp., and 12 individual members.

The group will operate as a voluntary organization in the first two years after its establishment as it recruits members and facilitates discussion on various issues, according to the organization's schedule.

It targets to resolve all human rights and social issues facing foreign workers in Japan and aims to produce tangible results from 2023, according to the organization. Enditem