70 Japanese Hospitality Jobs Offered to Myanmar Applicants

By Zaw Zaw Htwe 7 October 2019

YANGON – Japan’s hospitality test center is holding skills testing for Myanmar citizens on Oct. 27 in Yangon, with around 70 applicants being offered work in the Japanese hospitality sector.

The test center looks to fill Japanese vacancies and represents the Japan Hotel Association and other Japanese hotel organizations.

Applications for skills tests must be submitted by Oct. 9.

The test center said 250 applications had already been submitted.

Myanmar and Japan agreed in March to establish a partnership to enable suitably qualified citizens to work in Japan.

Applicants are invited to pick from the following sectors: caregiving; food services; automobile repair and maintenance; industrial machinery; electronics and information technology; construction; shipyard and ship machinery; agriculture; fisheries and aquaculture; food and beverage production; aviation; cleaning; machine parts and tooling; and hospitality.

Japan is planning to recruit skilled hospitality staff first.

“Everyone is allowed to apply for the proficiency test at the Japanese embassy. Those who pass the tests will be employed through employment agencies,” U Peter Nyunt Maung, president of the Myanmar Overseas Employment Agencies Federation, told The Irrawaddy on Monday.

He said there were approximately 70 jobs available in the Japanese hospitality sector this year with more places available next year.

Successful applicants would meet Japanese demand and receive a five-year visa and a higher wage than general staff, the federation said.

The Labor Ministry immigration chief said tests would only be conducted for the 250 people who had submitted their applications early.

The ministry said applicants must have hospitality experience and have passed Japanese Language Test N3.

Currently, 235 international employment agencies are allowed to send staff to Japan, but only 120 agencies have sent employees to the affluent archipelago.

Other licensed agencies could apply to the Labor Ministry if they wanted to send skilled staff to Japan, the ministry added.

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