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Provide employment opportunities in Japan for 1000 people who do not have Japanese language proficiency – Manusha Nanayakkara, Minister of Labour and Foreign Employment requests from Japan


Manusha Nanayakkara, Minister of Labor and Foreign Employment has requested Katsuki Kotara, Senior Ambassador in charge of the Embassy of Japan in Sri Lanka, to provide employment opportunities in Japan within the next few months to thousands of school dropouts who do not have Japanese language proficiency.


Katsuki Kotara, Senior Ambassador of Japan’s Ambassador to Sri Lanka, and a delegation of senior Japanese diplomats met with Minister of Labour and Foreign Employment Manusha Nanayakkara on 26th May 2022 to discuss ways to strengthen ties between the two countries and provide more employment opportunities for young people in Japan.


The Minister has requested Japan to provide employment opportunities to young people who do not have language proficiency in the future, as most employment opportunities in Japan are currently open to young people who have studied the language. Accordingly, he requested that the opportunities to be given to a thousand young people who have dropped out of school to go to Japan and learn the language and get a job.


Responding positively, Senior Ambassador said that, Japan was always working to provide more employment opportunities to Sri Lanka. He said Japan was keen to provide employment opportunities for Sri Lankans, especially in the nursing sector, and employment opportunities in nursing sector were growing as Japan’s aging population is increased.


Further, the Senior Ambassador said that, Sri Lanka has always been a friendly country to Japan. He also recalled the speech done at the San Francisco Summit, by the former president Mr. J R Jayawardena on behalf of Japan, quoting the Dhamma text “Nahi Verena – Verani”.


There was a exchange of views on providing Japanese language proficiency to young Sri Lankan job seekers abroad and providing them with employment opportunities in Japan, as well as the resumption of the program of sending Japanese language teachers to Sri Lanka through JICA.