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JaJapanese businesses need more Vietnamese workerspanese businesses are seeking to employ 10,000 additional Vietnamese workers, mostly in agriculture and aquatic product processing, in 2012.

The information was unveiled at a conference in Dong Nai province to introduce Japanese employment opportunities to Vietnamese students. The event was jointly organized by the Dong Nai Provincial Vocational College and the Esuhai-Kaizen Yoshida School (Esuhai) of Japan.

Besides receiving information and advice on the Japanese labour market, attendees had chances to register to work for Japanese-invested businesses in some of the province’s industrial zones, or even in Japan as apprentices.

According to Esuhai, the demand for foreign labourers in Japan is huge and most of its businesses prioritise Vietnamese recruitments.

During the past 10 months, more than 4,000 Vietnamese nationals have been employed in Japan, raising the total number of Vietnamese workers there to nearly 18,000. Workers earn an average salary of VND30 million per month.

Nguyen Huu Nghia, Deputy Director of Esuhai, said most Vietnamese workers consider Japan a lucrative market offering high wages. Many potential employees, however, think Japan only wants highly skilled labour.

The fact is that Japanese businesses have diverse labour demands, with some—particularly in the mechanics, seafood, and garment industries—content to hire unskilled workers.

Japanese employers are especially keen to recruit Vietnamese employees, partly thanks to the goodwill engendered when many volunteered to remain in Japan after the severe earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.

Nghia also advised Vietnamese workers to directly approach legal employment companies instead of using middlemen.

Source: VOV

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