- Up to 9,000 workers to be hired in a period of 5 years
- Two-separate fields of work: General Fishery and Seafood Farming/Culture
- Candidates may be employed directly by the employer, or be sent to work through a contracting company which acts as an agent to the candidate.
- No prior experience required.
Being an island nation surrounded by the ocean, Japan has been a nation heavily reliant on fishing and gathering resources from the sea ever since the dawn of civilization. Even now, seafood and Japanese culture, tourism, and economy go hand in hand. After all, who can think about Japanese cuisine without thinking of sushi?
In recent years, however, Japan’s labor shortage, particularly in more rural prefectures, can result in an issue of lower productivity, which, if not addressed, can end up becoming a much bigger issue for the country overall. While not as large as the agriculture industry, the fisheries industry is still a very prominent one that deserves adequate attention, which is why the government plans to invite as many as 9,000 foreign workers to work in this industry over the next few years.
The two categories of work in this industry and their respective job scopes are as follows.
A) General Fishery:
Work in this field is centered around the direct fishing and catching of seafood. Thus, work will involve the loading and unloading fishing equipment, collecting catch, an inspection of fishing equipment and machinery, repair and maintenance of fishing vessels, ensuring the cleanliness of boats, warehouses, and other surrounding areas, and production, processing, shipping, and selling of goods made from caught produce.
B) Seafood Farming and Culture:
Some responsibilities in this area are similar to those in general fishery, with key differences in activities related to the cultivation of fish and similar produce.
In addition to routine inspection, repair, and maintenance of equipment and machinery, those working in this field will also be involved in regular cleaning of warehouses, boats, and equipment. Workers will also learn about machines related to seafood cultivation, deal with harmful pests such as nearby animals, and take care of the cultivated produce regularly by feeding and maintaining optimal surroundings. There will also be an aspect of production, processing, shipping, and selling goods produced from the farms.
As with skilled workers in order categories of work, those interested in this field with no experience shall sit for both an evaluation test for the Fisheries industry, and also a basic Japanese language test. Those who have already taken the test and have experience working as a specified skilled worker (Tokutei-ginou 2) will be exempt and may apply directly.
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