Japan needs more trained Indonesian workers

Japan needs more trained Indonesian workers

Governor of Aichi Prefecture, Japan, Hideaki Ohmura, after a meeting with Vice President, Jusuf Kalla, in Jakarta on Monday (Sept 9, 2019). ANTARA/Fransiska Ninditya/sh

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Japan needs more Indonesian trained workers for its automotive and food industries, Governor of Aichi Prefecture, Hideaki Ohmura, stated. "Currently, we are facing a shortage of workers. We are offering Indonesia the opportunity to send its trained workers or apprentices who have already undergone training," Ohmura said during a meeting with Indonesian Vice President, Jusuf Kalla, here on Monday.

The number of Indonesian workers in the prefecture is recorded at 7,000, far below the number of workers from the Philippines and Vietnam.

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"Now, the number of Filipino workers in Aichi has reached 35 thousand and Vietnamese 30 thousand. Indonesia with its huge population only has 7 thousand workers in the region," he said.

Japan would provide vocational training and offer Japanese courses to Indonesian workers, Ohmura noted.

According to Ohmura, Kalla has agreed to the offer and will support the establishment of the training centers.

"We are keen to get involved in education and vocational training initiatives. The central government of Japan, as well as the Aichi government and private sectors, will participate in the program," he said.

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