Possibility of sending skilled workers to Japan    

Bangladesh has a good chance to send skilled workers to Japan, a visiting delegation of the Asian economic giant said yesterday.

“Japanese industries need around 10 lakh skilled workers and Bangladesh can take the advantage,” Prof Tetsuo Mizukami at the social science department of Rikkyo University in Japan, said at a press conference on global migration and transnational networks at Dhaka Reporters Unity.

BD-JapanBut Mizukami, who led a five-member delegation of Rikkyo University and Asian People’s Friendship Society (APFS) of Tokyo, said it is not easy to migrate and work in Japan. “People have to have skills and knowledge about Japanese language.”

Prof Yoshinari Katsuo, founder of APFS, said Rikkyo University and APFS are jointly conducting a research, focusing on Japan-Bangladesh relations.

The goal of the research is to gather data by conducting intensive interviews of the Bangladeshis who were in Japan for a long time and how they are doing back in their home country. Katsuo said the move will benefit Bangladesh in future.

Masud Karim, founder secretary general of APFS, also spoke. Bangladesh-Japan economic and social relationship is improving in recent months and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Bangladesh last week to boost the partnership further.

Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina visited Japan in May this year when the Asian giant pledged to give Bangladesh 600 billion yen ($5.71 billion) as official development assistance over the next four to five years, starting in fiscal 2015.

-the Daily Star