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

Press release

December 17, 2019 (Reiwa 1)

A Memorandum of Cooperation was exchanged with Uzbekistan 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 December 17, 2019, Mr. Nozim Husanov, Uzbekistan's Minister of Employment and Labor Relations, visited Japan. A signing ceremony was held with Minister of Justice Mori, and the Memorandum of Cooperation was exchanged.

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 Employment and Labor Relations of Uzbekistan, will work to eliminate malicious intermediary businesses for specified skilled workers and promote the smooth and appropriate accepting and sending of qualified personnel from Myanmar 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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