Offer: OUR AFRICAN SISTERS, NEED YOUR SUPPORT TO OFFER EMPLOYMENT!
You may recall, my recent piece, "Michiyo Tani, Director of Care Home" that raised an important issue: Lack of nurses & helpers for elderlies in Japan--the future work opportunity for foreigners? Evidently, the demand for medical and healthcare workers has increased due to declining birthrates and aging populations in Japan.
According to June 2nd, 2013 Japan Times Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development promised ¥3.2 trillion in aid to African continent.
He indicated that human resource training is the area that part of the fund should be used in order to train African workers whose abilities meet the Japanese standard. It is therefore, the fund will be used to cultivate the skills that match the labor market demand. In the Africa Business Education Initiative scheme, he announced, over five years, 1000 Africans are given opportunities to study in Japan as well as internships to work in Japanese firms. Some of the funds will be used for Japanese style health care systems and other money will go toward peace and security measures.
Incidentally, I contacted JICA Shikoku Official Development Assistance (ODA) organization, the Labor Ministry in Tokyo, the inspector chief of the Immigration Bureau, JITCO (Japan International Training Cooperation) that supplies skill acquisition training to foreigners, to confirm employment opportunities for African populations to the Japanese work environment.
However, none of their response confirmed employment opportunities for Africans, but only Filipinos and Indonesians are permitted to work as nurses or helpers in Japan based on the economic partnership agreement (EPA) which promotes agreement between developing countries and Japan.
So how can Africans get jobs in Japan? JICA told me organization called JANIC or AJF (Africa Japan Forum) may allow me to speak to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. So I asked Mr. Saitoo at AJF, and he sent me an application to attend the conference between Foreign minister and NGOs on December 9th 2013.
When our NGO attends the conference, we will submit a petition to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to provide accessible employment opportunities for Africans as promised. If you are an African who wants work opportunities in Japanese firms, you are advised to send email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, contact or mobile, and the name of your organization with a title, ‘Voicing Employment for Africans.’ If you can write a letter to the Ministry, you may also download the sample letter from http://www.swacin.com
Our African sisters and brothers! Please PAY ATTENTION! Your voice to support our NGO will help us to voice our message LOUDER to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.