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

Press release

February 4, 2020 (Reiwa 2)

Regarding the status of residence "Specified Skilled Worker," a Memorandum of Cooperation was exchanged with Thailand with the aim of eliminating malicious intermediary businesses.

1. History and background

In light of the Specified Skilled Worker Program that began in April 2019 (Heisei 31), the Ministry of Justice, along with relevant ministries and agencies, has been working on the creation of the Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) with nations from which foreign national workers are expected to be sent in order to eliminate malicious intermediary businesses.
On February 4 of this year, the Kingdom of Thailand's Permanent Secretary of Labour, Suthi Sukosol, came to visit Japan for a signing ceremony at the Immigration Services Agency, where 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 Labour of Thailand, will work to eliminate malicious intermediary businesses for specified skilled workers and promote the smooth and appropriate accepting and sending of qualified personnel from Thailand 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 the proper operation of this system.

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