India set to send skilled staff to work in Japan
Indian workers would be granted a new status of residence—‘Specified Skilled Worker’—by Japan, the government said after a cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Under the memorandum, a joint working group will be set up to follow up on the implementation. The memorandum will “enhance people-to-people contacts, foster mobility of workers and skilled professionals from India to Japan,” the cabinet statement added.
India has been talking about supplying skilled workers to the global market by mapping domestic skill training programs with the requirements of different countries.
According to a 2019 post by the World Economic Forum (WEF), more than 27% of the population in Japan is over 65 years of age, with a birth rate of 1.43 in 2017— well below the replacement level. It said the country will face a shortage of 6.44 million people in the labor force by 2030. Tokyo alone will be short 1.33 million workers. The legal movement of skilled workers will not only take care of such shortages but also boost India’s remittance economy.