The union cabinet, on Wednesday, approved a memorandum of cooperation between India and Japan to develop a basic framework that would facilitate movement of skilled workers from India to Japan.

These Indian workers would be granted a new status of residence of “specified skilled worker” by the government of Japan.

“The idea is to enhance people-to -people contacts, foster mobility of workers and skilled professionals from India to Japan,” the government said in a statement.

As per the memorandum of cooperation, an institutional mechanism will be set up for partnership and cooperation between India and Japan on sending and accepting skilled Indian workers, who have qualified the required skill and Japanese language test, to work in fourteen specified sectors in Japan.

The 14 sectors experts that will benefit include nursing care, building cleaning, material processing industry; industrial machinery manufacturing industry electric and electronic information related industry, construction, shipbuilding and ship-related industry.

Besides, skilled professionals for automobile maintenance, aviation, lodging, agriculture, fisheries; food and beverages manufacturing industry and food service industry would have enhanced job opportunities to work in Japan.

“Under this MOC, a joint working group will be set up to follow up the implementation of the memorandum of cooperation,” it said.

The initiative will give a thrust to the government’s vision of making India the skills capital of the world. The ministry of skill development and entrepreneurship has been mapping the skills requirement of various countries. Based on the mapping, specific job roles will be developed to train these workers to meet the global requirement.

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