Regarding the exchange of the Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) pertaining to the "Specified Skilled Worker" status of residence between Japan and the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

Press release

June 19, 2019 (Reiwa 1)

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

1. History and background

In light of the Specified Skilled Worker Program that began in April this year, the Ministry of Justice, along with relevant ministries and agencies, has been working on the creation and signing of the Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) with countries from which foreign national personnel are expected to be sent in order to eliminate malicious intermediary businesses.
On June 19, 2019, Harin Fernando, the Minister of Telecommunication, Foreign Employment and Sports of Sri Lanka, visited Japan. A signing ceremony was held, and the two countries exchanged 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 Telecommunication, Foreign Employment and Sports of Sri Lanka, will work to eliminate malicious intermediary businesses for specified skilled workers and promote the smooth and appropriate accepting and sending of qualified personnel from Sri Lanka 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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