Skill Tests for New Working Visa to Be Held in Philippines, Japan

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Tokyo, March 21 (Jiji Press)--The first round of skill tests under the new working visa system will be held in the Philippines as well as in Japan, Japanese government sources said Thursday.

Japan will introduce the system in April to increase the number of foreign workers with certain skills in 14 domestic industries suffering from labor shortages.

According to the sources, the initial-round tests for the "specified skill type 1" visa will be held in Manila on April 13-14 for those who are hoping to work in the nursing care industry, which faces the most serious lack of workforce. Their knowledge about Japanese words used specifically in nursing services will be examined as well.

The industry is expected to accept up to 60,000 foreign workers in five years under the new visa system.

Skill tests will be conducted in Tokyo and Osaka on April 25 for workers eager to take jobs in the food service industry and in Sapporo, Tokyo, Fukuoka and four other Japanese cities on April 14 for prospective workers in the hotel industry, the sources said.

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