Housekeeping workers arrive from Philippines

25 Filipino women have arrived in Japan to engage in housekeeping work under the government's strategic special zone program.

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The women in their 20s to 40s arrived at Narita airport near Tokyo on Thursday. They will start working in April in Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo.

The revision of the law in 2015 allowed foreigners to engage in housekeeping work in the strategic special zone.

At present, foreigners can perform this type of work in Tokyo, Kanagawa, and the city of Osaka.

The women are allowed to work for up to 3 years. Live-in jobs are prohibited in order to protect the workers from possible abuse.

Companies that dispatch them to households are required to provide the same level of wages as those for Japanese workers.

The women say they studied the Japanese language and customs at a training center in the Philippines for more than 2 months.

A 37-year-old woman said in Japanese: “I want to start work as early as possible. I’m very excited.”

More and more people in Japan use housekeeping services as the number of dual-income households increases.

But many service providers are facing a shortage of workers.

Source and image: NHK
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