India and Japan on Monday signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) on Specified Skilled Workers (SSW) that will allow 14 categories of Indian ‘skilled workers’ to work in Japan. SSW is a new status of residence created by Japan in 2019 under which skilled foreign nationals can obtain jobs and stay in the country.
The MOC was signed between India’s foreign secretary Harsh Shringla and Japan’s envoy to India Suzuki Satoshi. With the signing of the pact, the Japanese and Indian governments agreed to create a mechanism through which Indian nationals can be smoothly dispatched to Japan under the SSW framework.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Japan’s envoy said, “With the MOC we are going to sign, new opportunities will be open for Indian nationals to get employment in Japan.”
The memorandum sets a framework between the Japanese and Indian government allowing information sharing in order to protect Indian nationals coming to Japan as SSW and facilitate a smooth implementation of the SSW system.
The Indian foreign secretary said, “With an early operationalization of this MoC, both our countries can synergize our strengths and have mutually beneficial outcomes. In the implementation…