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Oct 9, 2017
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One of our Asian neighbors is expected to soon open an estimated 100,000 jobs to foreigners and Filipinos who might just get prioritized for their bilingual skills.

According to the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA), the career opportunities will mostly be for skilled and semi-skilled workers in the architecture, engineering and health industries, GMA News reports.

Aspiring applicants say that Japan is looking to add more English speakers to their aging work force in preparation for the upcoming Olympic games there.

“It opens a lot more opportunities because before Japan is not that open to foreigners. But because of the recent Olympics 2020 they’re trying to open up more and people have bilingual skills –who can speak in both in English and Japanese– are very much in need there,” Gummy Inocencio explained.

One of Japan’s stringent employment requirements for foreigners is passing their Nihongo language proficiency exam, which Filipinos have been known to score poorly in. Due to this, the country has only been able to send nearly 2,000 healthcare workers to Japan in the past eight years.

But the POEA believes that it’s highly likely that Japan will lift the language proficiency exam requirement this time around.

Medyo gagawin nilang lax ‘yung tinatawag nilang language proficiency exam. Dito kasi hindi nakakapasa ‘yung ating mga kababayan kaya mahirap humanap ng trabaho,” POEA Officer
Bernard Olalia said.

So far, the most recent data from the Commission on Filipinos Overseas show there are around 200,000 Filipinos who are either living, or have found work in Japan.

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