Regarding the exchange of the Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) pertaining to the "Specified Skilled Worker" status of residence between Japan, the Kingdom of Cambodia, and the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal

Press release

March 25, 2019 (Heisei 31)

A Memorandum of Cooperation was exchanged with Cambodia and Nepal regarding the "Specified Skilled Worker" status of residence with the aim of eliminating malicious intermediary businesses.

1. History and background

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 were to start 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 25, 2019, Ith Sam Heng, the Minister for the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training of Cambodia, and Sen Sakuda, the Director-General of the Ministry of Labour, came to visit Japan for a signing ceremony, and the two countries exchanged the Memorandum of Cooperation.
On that same day, the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal also signed the Memorandum of Cooperation.

2. Overview of the MOC

The Japanese Ministry of Justice; Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare; and National Police Agency, in cooperation with the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training of Cambodia and the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security of Nepal, will work to eliminate malicious intermediary businesses for specified skilled workers and promote the smooth and appropriate accepting and sending of qualified personnel from Cambodia and Nepal through the measures below.

  • The exchange of information to promote the smooth and appropriate acceptance and sending of workers, including information on security deposit collection, penalty fees, human rights violations by intermediary businesses, etc.
  • The implementation of conferences to correct problems that require improvement for proper system operation

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