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METI Holds Explanatory Meeting on the New System for Acceptance of Foreign Human Resources in the Manufacturing Industry

January 21, 2019

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) held an explanatory meeting on the new system for acceptance of foreign human resources, which will start on April 1, 2019. The video of the meeting will be uploaded to the METI YouTube channel (“metichannel”)at a later date.

METI will hold a series of such explanatory meetings on a regional basis in order to further enhance public awareness of the system across Japan.

1. Outline

In December 2018, the Cabinet approved the basic policy for acceptance of foreign human resources and the Field-based Operation Policies targeting specific industries that are affected by the policy. Regarding the industries under the jurisdiction of METI, the Cabinet approved the Field-based Operation Policies for three sectors in the manufacturing industry: [i] the machine parts and tooling, [ii] industrial machinery manufacturing, and [iii] electric and electronic information-related sectors. Based on this, METI provided information to the public on the outline of the new system.

Contents of the meetings:

References:

1. Outline of the Field-based Operation Policies for three designated sectors in the manufacturing industry

Fields 1. Current labor shortage situation 2. Criteria for selecting human resources 3. Other important matters
Potential number of human resources (maximum number expected for the coming five years) Technical skill tests Japanese language tests Most common job positions which target human resources will fill Specific conditions and other terms imposed on entities which intend to accept foreign human resources and other related associations Form of employment
Machine parts and tooling sector 21,500 Assessment Test for Specified Technical Skills in Category 1 in the Manufacturing Industry (tentative title)
 [newly established system]
(1) Test for Determining Japanese Language Ability (tentative title) or the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (N4 or higher level) Casting, forging, metal pressing, etc. Participation in the Council on Acceptance of Foreign Human Resources in the Manufacturing Industry and cooperating in ascertaining and analyzing information, etc. Direct employment
Industrial machinery manufacturing sector 5,250 Metal pressing, welding, plastic forming, etc.
Electric and electronic information-related sector 4,700 Assembling of electronic equipment, plastic forming, welding, etc.

2. Industrial classifications of specific industries that are permitted to accept foreign human resources
Classifications of industries that intend to accept foreign human resources in three sectors in the manufacturing industry (under the Japan Standard Industrial Classification)

Industrial machinery manufacturing sector Machine parts and tooling sector Electric and electronic information-related sector
2422 Edge tools for machinery 2194 Molds (including cores) 28 Electronic parts, devices and electronic circuits
248 Bolts, nuts, rivets, machine screws and wood screws 225 Ferrous metal machine parts and tooling products 29 Electrical machinery, equipment and supplies (excluding auxiliary equipment for internal combustion engines classified in code 2922 and the target sectors listed in the machine parts and tooling sector)
25 General-purpose machinery (excluding fire extinguishing equipment and its apparatus classified under code 2591 and the target sectors stipulated in the machine parts and tooling sector) 235 Non-ferrous metal machine parts and tooling products 30 Information and communication electronics equipment
26 Production machinery (excluding the target sectors stipulated in the machine parts and tooling sector) 2424 Working tools    
270 Establishments engaged in administrative or ancillary economic activities (manufacture of business oriented machinery classified in code 27) 2431 Plumbing supplies (excluding valves and cocks)    
271 Office machines 245 Metal machine parts and tooling products    
272 Service industry and amusement machines 2465 Heat treated metal    
273 Measuring instruments, analytical instruments, testing machines, surveying instruments and physical and chemical instruments 2534 Industrial furnaces and ovens    
275 Optical instruments and apparatus, and lenses 2592 Valves and fittings    
    2651 Casting equipment    
    2691 Molds and dies, parts and accessories for metal products    
    2692 Molds and dies, parts and accessories for nonmetal products    
    2929 Miscellaneous industrial electrical apparatus (including those for vehicles and vessels)    
    3295 Pattern manufactured of industrial use    

3. Policy for acceptance of foreign human resources in the manufacturing industry from April 2019

2. Schedule of explanatory meetings to be held in regions

Organizer Date
Hokkaido Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry March 18 (Mon.), 2019
Tohoku Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry The date is under coordination.
Kanto Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry The date is under coordination.
Chubu Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry In Nagoya: March 4 (Mon.), 2019
In Toyama: February 27 (Wed.), 2019
Kansai Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry March 15 (Fri.), 2019
Chugoku Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry February 21 (Thur.), 2019
Shikoku Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry February 19 (Tue.), 2019
Kyushu Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry February 25 (Mon.), 2019

Further details will be publicized on the METI website at a later date.

Reference

Note: This page shows the basic policy, Field-based Operation Policies, Field-based Operation Guidelines and other information concerning this system, which have already been publicized.

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