Japan to open 50,000 jobs to Filipinos from 2019

The Japanese ambassador to the Philippines says the country will open its doors to more Filipino workers, mainly to serve its aging population.
By: | October 25, 2018


Nurses, shipbuilders, and other skilled workers from the Philippines will soon have new opportunities in Japan.

Beginning from 2019 to 2025, the Japanese government will open up around 50,000 jobs to Filipino workers as part of a new policy.

In his speech at the 44th Philippine Business Conference, Japanese Ambassador Koji Haneda said that the country has an aging society and lacks a sufficient workforce, unlike in the Philippines, which has an abundance of skilled, young workers.

This is in line with the new Japanese policy of hiring at least 500,000 foreigners from 2019 to 2025.

Based on data from its Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare, there are currently 153,600 Filipino workers in Japan, or 12% of the 1.28 million foreign workers already in Japan.