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Submitted by moiuser3 on 13 June 2024

THE Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported that Myanmar Ambassador U Soe Han participated in a discussion on the Japanese Government’s Policy on Ikusei Shurou Seido and Specified Skilled Workers, organized by the Chair of the ASEAN Committee in Tokyo on 7 June. The event took place at the Indonesian Embassy in Tokyo, and other ASEAN ambassadors, chargés d’affaires, and labour attachés joined Ambassador U Soe Han.

Ms Fukuhara Nobuko, Director-General of the Residency Management and Support Department at the Immigration Services Agency, attended as a special guest speaker. She provided insights into the Japanese government’s policies on labour issues, including the Ikusei Shurou Seido Programme, which will replace the current Technical Training Intern Programme, and proposed modifications to the current Specified Skilled Workers programme.

During the discussion, Ambassador U Soe Han enquired about the timeframe for implementing the new programme after the termination of the current Technical Training Intern Programme and the commencement of new Memorandums of Cooperation (MOC) between the sending states and Japan.

In response, Ms Fukuhara explained that the transition period for the new programme is estimated to be three years, and negotiations for new MOCs will commence with sending states once the Diet approves the new programme. The discussion concluded successfully after a question-and-answer session involving other ASEAN Member States.