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Tighter monitoring of labour export to Japan planned

Update: October, 29/2015 - 16:07
Nurses and caregivers attend a Japanese language class to prepare for work in Japan. — Photo

HA NOI (VNS) — Labour export companies, who send workers to work in Japan may be prohibited from collecting broker fees, a proposal by the labour, invalids and social affairs (MOLISA) ministry said.

The ministry is considering putting a cap on the amount of service fee for such companies, which was set at a maximum US$3,600 for a three-year contract and $1,200 for a one-year contract. Also, they cannot charge more than VND5.9 million ($260) for a Japanese language training course, which must complied with for at least 520 seasons.

Service and language training fees may only be collected after workers receive residence permits from Japan.

The proposal is part of the ministry's efforts to tighten regulations over labour export to Japan, a major destination for Vietnamese interns, following numerous incidents in which workers were charged absurd amounts and yet were unable to leave for Japan.

In addition, only labour export companies that have not violated any labour export law during the last 12 months and are not part of an ongoing legal dispute with workers may be permitted to send workers to Japan.

Worker recruitment and training activities may only begin after companies receive permits from the Department of Overseas Labour.

Nearly 20,000 interns were sent to Japan in 2014, double the number in 2013. During the first 10 months of 2015, 21,870 Vietnamese interns left the country to work in Japan. — VNS


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