MoC between India and Japan

India and Japan on Monday signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) on Specified Skilled Workers (SSW) that will allow 14 categories of Indian "skilled workers" to work in Japan. SSW is a new status of residence created by Japan in 2019 under which skilled foreign nationals can obtain jobs and stay in the country.

The MOC was signed between India's foreign secretary Harsh Shringla and Japan's envoy to India Suzuki Satoshi. With the signing of the pact, the Japanese and Indian governments agreed to create a mechanism through which Indian nationals can be smoothly dispatched to Japan under the SSW framework.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Japan's envoy said, “With the MOC we are going to sign, new opportunities will be open for Indian nationals to get employment in Japan.”

The memorandum sets a framework between the Japanese and Indian governments, allowing information sharing in order to protect Indian nationals coming to Japan as SSW and facilitate a smooth implementation of the SSW system.

The Indian Foreign Secretary said, "With an early operationalization of this MoC, both our countries can synergize our strengths and have mutually beneficial outcomes. In the implementation of the SSW, the Indian side looks forward to working closely with the Japanese side to ensure that we can meet our objectives smoothly and quickly."

What is Specified Skilled Worker (SSW)?

This is a status of residence applicable to foreigners who work in jobs that require considerable knowledge of or experience in Specified Industry Fields
  • Period of Stay - for a maximum stay up to 5 years in total [Govt of Japan plans to make this period indefinite.]
  • Skill Standards - Requires considerable knowledge or experience. Skill tests need to be qualified.
  • Accompaniment of Family Members – Family members can accompany the SSW to Japan
  • Employability - Employed as full-time employess.

Key Features

Period of Stay

Upto 5 years in total govt of Japan plans to make this period indefinite

Job Categories

As of March 2021, job roles under 14 sectors are provided under SSW through which a candidate can participate

Selection in India

Candidates are required to be appear in Skill Test (Theory and Practical) as well as Japanese language test

Significance of Specified Skilled Worker

Demand for Skilled Indian Workers Abroad

Skills and knowledge spur economic and social development of any country. As India is becoming a global knowledge-based economy, equipping its workforce with skills for modern-day jobs is a strategic concern for the country’s growth outlook. India is one of the youngest nations in the world with more than 62% of its population in the working-age group (15-59 years), of which over 45% is below the age of 30 years. About 59 million youth (aged 15-30 years) are expected to enter the labor force in India by 2023. To reap this demographic dividend, the Government of India is equipping the domestic workforce with employable skills and knowledge so that they can contribute substantively to economic and industrial growth across the globe. Given India's favorable demographic dividend coupled with the aging population in other parts of the world, several international markets, including Japan, are vying for skilled Indian workers.

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Japan – A Favorable Destination for Skilled People

Japan, the world’s third-largest economy, has been increasingly experiencing the issue of population aging. More than 20% of Japan’s population is over 65 years, the world's highest proportion. As per a report by McKinsey, Japan’s working-age population will decline to 71 million in 2025 from 79 million in 2012, and its dependency ratio is set to soar from 0.60 to 0.73 over the same period. There are not enough young people in Japan to fill this vacuum due to the decline in its fertility rate. Given the nation’s aging issue and shrinking population, labor shortage needs to be addressed urgently. Thus, the Government of Japan has taken up certain measures such as premiums for employment of older workers, raising the mandatory retirement age, among others. Specified Skilled Worker (SSW) is one such program in Japan that provides employment to foreign human resources, having skills and knowledge of certain industrial trades.

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Sectors and Job Roles Available

Are you a candidate aspiring to go to Japan?

SSW aims to empower the Indian youth by honing their skills and providing career opportunities. The program is expected to help them setup their career in Japan.

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