Number of Vietnamese in Japan's Training Program Tops 26,000
Tokyo, Oct. 13 (Jiji Press)—The number of Vietnamese people in Japan's technical intern training program for foreigners stood at 26,437 in January-June this year, becoming the largest group, according to a recent survey by the Immigration Bureau of Japan.
Trainees from China were the second largest group by nation, with the figure standing at 16,863, followed by Indonesia, at 4,558, Thailand, at 2,160, and Philippines, at 2,043.
The technical intern training program for people from developing countries will be drastically reformed in November this year. The training period will be extended from three years to five and a program watchdog will be established to check whether Japanese companies offer appropriate pay.
Foreign trainees in Japan work in such sectors as manufacturing, including machinery makers, construction firms and food processing companies, according to an official of the Japan International Training Cooperation Organization, which connects foreign trainees with Japanese companies.
The official also attributed robust demand for foreign interns to preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.
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