New Cooperation Has Been Agreed Upon, Making It Easier for Indonesians to Work in Japan

New Cooperation Has Been Agreed Upon, Making It Easier for Indonesians to Work in Japan (photo: cory schadt - Unsplash)

The Government of Indonesia and Japan have recently reached an agreement on a new partnership concerning employment, which aims to enhance the ease of Indonesian citizens working in Japan through the Private-to-Private (p-to-p) placement scheme.

Minister of Manpower (Menaker) Ida Fauziyah emphasized that the P-to-P scheme is the product of an accord between the Indonesian and Japanese governments, officially effective since March 2023, specifically designed to facilitate Indonesian workers in Japan as Specified Skill Workers (SSW). In a press release on Thursday (8/6/2023), Ida urged individuals interested in working in Japan to seize the opportunities presented by the SSW scheme.

The Ministry of Manpower is committed to actively disseminating information regarding the P-to-P placement scheme for Indonesian migrant workers (PMI) to all stakeholders, with the ultimate goal of swiftly implementing PMI placements in Japan. Concurrently, comprehensive guidelines regarding placement costs have been outlined in the Decree of the Head of BP2MI, ensuring transparency and accountability throughout the process.

During the socialization phase, the Ministry of Manpower will provide a thorough explanation of the step-by-step procedures involved in the P-to-P scheme, emphasizing the bilateral nature of the agreement and the agreed-upon mechanisms for placing PMI SSW in Japan.

The gradual implementation of the P-to-P placement process entails a meticulous sequence of actions, commencing with widespread publication, targeted socialization efforts, and extensive dissemination to stakeholders and the general public, effectively informing them about the enforcement of the P-to-P scheme for PMI SSW placements in Japan.

As part of the meticulous planning, the Ministry plans to introduce the P-to-P placement scheme through the amendment of the Director General of Binapenta and PKK’s regulations governing the designation of destination countries for PMI placements.

This will allow for the continued availability of the scheme throughout the adaptation period of the new normal, thereby ensuring a seamless and uninterrupted flow of PMI SSW placements to Japan.

The implementation of the P-to-P placement process will involve the active participation of Indonesian Migrant Worker Placement Companies (P3MI) as well as Japanese Employment Placement Service Providers (JEPSP). P3MI, an institution duly authorized and licensed by the Indonesian Ministry of Manpower, has been entrusted with the responsibility of managing the overseas placement of Indonesian migrant workers.

Correspondingly, JEPSP, a licensed institution approved by Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare (MHLW), plays a pivotal role in coordinating the placement of foreign workers in Japan.

This groundbreaking opening of the P-to-P scheme addresses the genuine needs and demands expressed by Japanese Accepting Organizations (JAO) and PMIs for reliable and efficient placement services. Consequently, it is anticipated that the number of PMI placements as SSW in Japan will experience a substantial increase in the coming years, fostering fruitful cooperation and mutual benefits between the two nations.

Ida further highlights the tremendous opportunities that working in Japan presents for Indonesian workers, particularly due to the comprehensive regulations in place that effectively safeguard the rights and welfare of foreign workers. The unique cultural setting and strong work ethic of the Japanese serve as excellent sources of inspiration and learning, enhancing the soft skills and professional development of PMIs.