350,000 jobs open to Filipinos, expats in Japan

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350,000 jobs open to Filipinos, expats in Japan

 

MANILA – A total of 350,000 job opportunities are open to Filipinos and other expatriate workers in Japan, according to the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Tokyo.

Labor Attaché Marie Rose Escalada said Japan is looking to hire foreign workers under the Special Skilled Worker (SSW) visa.

“Under the Special Skills Worker visa, there are 14 occupational categories. These jobs are available to all workers all over the world, not only to Filipinos,” Escalada said.

Those with SSW visa can work as carers, building cleaners, construction workers, airline staff, accommodation workers, food servers and more.

Industries under the SSW visa include building cleaning management; machine parts and tooling industries; industrial machinery industry; electric, electronics, and information industries; construction industry; shipbuilding and ship machinery industry; automotive repair and maintenance; aviation industry, accommodation industry, agriculture; fishery; manufacturing of food and beverages; and food service industry.

The SSW has two categories: SSW 1 which allows expats to stay in Japan for a maximum of five years; and SSW 2, which allows expats to bring their family to Japan while working there for a maximum of five years.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old, have passed the Japanese language proficiency test and skills test, or completed the technical intern training.

Escalada also said there is demand for Filipino professional basketball and volleyball players.

“Last month, there (were) many inquiries regarding professional basketball players and volleyball players. I think two or three basketball players are now employed by teams,” she said. CAM/Expat Media


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