by Shams Abbasi
ISLAMABAD (APP) – Pakistan is taking keen interest in getting its share as Japan opens jobs for around 350,000 workers from 10 different countries, including Pakistan.
Pakistan and Japan have agreed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) the current month for export of thousands of hi-tech skilled labourers from Pakistan to Japan, Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan Kuninori Matsuda told APP.
Matsuda said the jobs would offer opportunities in 14 major sectors including nursing care, clinic, agriculture, fisheries, hotel management, food and beverages, aircraft maintenance and ground handling, shipbuilding, material processing, industrial machinery, constructions, car mechanic, electronics and electronic machinery.
He said Japan would attract around 350,000 blue-collar workers from all over the world over five years by 2025 and further enhance this number by 2030.
He said in current scenario, Japan was facing shortage of labour force, adding, “We need to import skilled labourers from 10 countries including Pakistan, India,
Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and other Association of South East Asian Nations.
The ambassador lauded the Pakistani workers who were working in Japan, saying that they were more skilled and working with full commitment and honesty.
He said professional skills and proficiency in Japanese language would be must for workers to work in Japan under this policy.
He said Japan and Pakistan enjoyed historical diplomatic and economic relations, where Japan always supported Pakistan in every situation.
Ambassador Matsuda said Pakistan and Japan were looking for increasing bilateral cooperation in agricultural-based industry and value addition as Japan has already announced grant aid to enhance productivity in relevant agricultural fields.
He said Japan was also looking for enhancing the cooperation in auto parts industry for enhancing the capacity of local labour and providing employment opportunities in Pakistan.
He said Japanese companies were interested to establish the industrial units of auto parts in Pakistan for bringing investment to provide opportunity to the local people.
Recently Japan announced a grand of US $ 5.2 million to support Agri-Food and Agro-Industry development in the country’s Khyber  Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan provinces, he said.
The senior diplomat said this amount would be utilized for enhancement of productivity and capacities of relevant sectors in the cattle meat value chain in districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa including Abbottabad, Kohistan and D I Khan and apple value chain in province of Balochistan in Quetta, Killa Abdullah and Pishin.
He said both sides had more potential to increase bilateral trade from current volume of trade and double the figure to exploit the resources.
He said Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) was already working on potential agro-based region of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa including Hazara, Swat and Chitral as in Gilgit Baltistan for promoting innovation and value addition culture in these areas.
He said through JICA, the Japanese government was also working on cold storage for the preservation apple, apricot and other perishable fruits.