VP urges Indonesian workers, MSMEs to enter Japan

TOKYO (ANTARA) – Vice President Ma’ruf Amin has called on human resources (HR) and micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) from Indonesia to enter the Japanese market.

“MSMEs in Indonesia had become the backbone of the Indonesian economy during the pandemic. We can count on MSMEs,” Amin said Monday during a visit to the Indonesian embassy in Tokyo, Japan.

He delivered the remarks while attending an invitation to a dialogue with Indonesian citizens in Japan and luncheon hosted by Indonesian Ambassador to Japan Heri Akhmadi and Ms. Nuning Wahyuniati.

The Vice-President noted that an MSME center for Indonesian citizens has been set up in Tokyo through a collaboration between the Indonesian Embassy and the offices of Indonesian banks and State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs).

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“To meet export standards, each product has to be curated. This is also a kind of attempt to revitalize the regional economy to become a model for MSME development. There is an exhibition in Jakarta Convention Center (JCC) with export standard.” Amin remarked.

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While speaking about the development and protection of Indonesian human resources in Japan, Amin noted that there are at least 30,000 Indonesian trainees and workers in Japan.

“Indonesia is ready to meet the need for skilled workers in Japanese industry. We are also promoting the opening up of Indonesian workers in various new fields such as tourism, so we want to give them opportunities,” Amin explained.

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In addition, the government will seek additional scholarship places for Indonesian students from the Japanese government.

“So that our human resources are more competitive than workers from other countries. We will communicate this to Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, including scholarships to promote human resource development,” Amin said.

The key to a nation’s success and prosperity is its human resources, both at home and abroad, he added.

“The government is now strengthening the management of educational institutions, especially for those pursuing masters or doctoral degrees from qualified universities abroad. This is one of the government’s commitments to provide superior human resources that are globally competitive,” he said.

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According to Ambassador Akhmadi, the total number of Indonesian citizens in Japan had reached 59,820 as of December 2021, consisting of permanent residents, temporary residents, trainees, students, wives/husbands of Japanese citizens, and those who have been granted visas for certain activities and others.

Trainees (25,007) dominated among Indonesian nationals, followed by permanent residents with residence permits (7,077 people) and skilled workers (5,855).

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