March 19, 2019 (Heisei 31)
A Memorandum of Cooperation was exchanged with the Philippines regarding the "Specified Skilled Worker" status of residence with the aim of eliminating malicious intermediary businesses.
At the same ministerial meeting which saw the approval of the Comprehensive Measures for Acceptance and Coexistence of Foreign Nationals last year, it was decided that by March 2019 an agreement should be drawn up with the nine countries that are to begin sending foreign national personnel later that year (Vietnam, the Philippines, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, Nepal, and Mongolia) in order to eliminate malicious intermediary businesses. The Ministry of Justice, along with other relevant ministries and agencies, have since created the Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC).
On March 19, 2019, Silvestre Bello III, the Secretary of Labor and Employment of the Philippines, visited Japan. A signing ceremony was held, and the two countries exchanged the Memorandum of Cooperation.
The Japanese Ministry of Justice; Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare; and National Police Agency, in cooperation with the Department of Labor and Employment of the Philippines, will work to eliminate malicious intermediary businesses for specified skilled workers and promote the smooth and appropriate accepting and sending of qualified personnel from the Philippines through the measures below.