Japan has increased vocational training period for Bangladesh's technical interns from three years to five years.
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed to this effect here today between Japanese International Manpower Development Organization (IMDO, Japan) and Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment Ministry at Probashi Kallyan Bhaban.
Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Nurul Islam BSc was present at the signing ceremony. Executive chairman of IMDO Kyoei Yanagisawa led the five- member Japanese delegation at the function.
Expatriates' welfare secretary Begum Shamsunaher and BMET director general M Selim Reza and other high officials of the ministry were present.
Nurul Islam told reporters that "under the new agreement, our workers would go to Japan as we have been able to sent workers to Japan as per their need."
Replying to a question, the minister said, "We believe that our workers will go soon as the Japan would take workers for manufacturing sector under 133 trades."
"The Bangladesh intern workers are getting remuneration ranging from US $ 1,100 to 1,200 in Japan.
The bilateral ties between the two countries would be strengthened further by taking technical interns from Bangladesh, he said and added that Japan is a tested friend of Bangladesh for long as it has been providing cooperation for Bangladesh's economic development.
Currently, Bangladesh has a labour wing in Japan to deal with the manpower issue.
IMDO Executive chairman Kyoei Yanagisawa said that some 7,500 intern workers from different countries are now being trained in Japan.
He said each trainee will be allowed to work only at the designated place of employment while it is compulsory for them to return after the five- year period is over.
Under the Technical Intern Training Program (TITP), the Japanese government has taken technical interns from south-east Asian countries for providing employment opportunities for foreign nationals in Japan.
Officials said Japan, the Asian economic giant, needs huge number of technical interns for different sectors including construction and technological industries ahead of the Olympic Games in 2020 to be held in the Japanese capital of Tokyo.
In 2012, Japan started talks on recruiting manpower from Bangladesh in technical intern posts for different industrial institutions through Japan International Technical Cooperation Organization (JITCO).