Towards “making Japan a trusted and chosen destination for foreign workers”
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and The Global Alliance for Sustainable Supply Chain (ASSC) will jointly serve as the secretariat for companies and industry groups, trade unions, and civil society that accept foreign workers in Japan. We hereby establish a “Responsible Foreign Worker Acceptance Platform” on November 16, 2020.
The official website of the platform is now launched. An establishment forum is eexpected to hold on November 16th after all application forms from organizations and groups wishing to participate are gathered. In addition, a press study session will be held on October 28 to introduce the platform and JICA’s latest efforts towards acceptance of foreign human resources.
The movement control order across countries due to the corona pandemic has once again highlighted the current situation in Japan, where foreign workers are indispensable  to social and economic development. However, there have been various issues in accepting foreign workers in Japan. Given the birthrate is declining in other developed countries and some emerging countries, it is feared that it will be even more difficult to secure workers in the future.
These various issues related to foreign workers are recognized as common issues in society. In order to find solution for these problems, it is necessary for many stakeholders including private companies and local governments to cooperate. This is also a reason for this platform to be established.
 As of January 2020, there were approximately 1.66 million foreign workers in Japan, with approximately 380,000 foreign workers for technical intern training and specific skills, and 240,000 establishments employed.
Date and time: Monday, November 16th, 15: 30-18: 00 (planned)
Venue: JICA Sadako Ogata Peace Development Institute / International Conference Hall (online distribution is also planned)
URL: https://jp-mirai.org (opened on October 16)
Reporter study session
・ Date and time: Wednesday, October 28, 15: 00-16: 30
・ Format: Online method (Zoom)
・ Contents: (1) Purpose and outline of the establishment of this platform
(2) JICA’s latest efforts regarding acceptance of foreign human resources
Inquiries about the platform
Platform Secretariat within The Global Alliance for Sustainable Supply Chain (ASSC)
Applications and inquiries regarding press study sessions
JICA Public Relations Office Press Division: Kase
Overview of the platform
Members: Companies and industry groups that accept foreign workers in Japan, labor unions, civil society, media, researchers, etc.
Purpose: To improve the working and living environment of foreign workers who play a part in Japan’s society and economy, and to accept foreign workers appropriately. By doing so, we will contribute to improving Japan’s productivity, developing society, and creating Japan that is trusted and selected by workers around the world.
Platform Code of Conduct: Will be approved at the General Assembly of the Founding Forum in November.
1. Providing useful information to foreign workers
2. Understanding the problems faced by foreign workers (listening to their voices)
3. Examination of solutions in collaboration with government agencies and international organizations in each country including Japan
4. Enlightenment, public relations, policy proposals and promotion of concrete activities regarding the need to improve the working and living environment of foreign workers in Japan
5. Mutual learning about appropriate acceptance of foreign workers, promotion of information exchange, exchange and collaboration between members
Founder of establishment and major supporting organizations (as of October 16)
Founders: JICA, ASSC, Kurean Co., Ltd. (of which JICA and ASSC are joint secretariats)
Agree (company / organization, in order of AIUEO): IC Net Co., Ltd., Ajinomoto Co., Ltd., ASICS Co., Ltd., Senken Shimbun Co., Ltd., Nakajima Construction Co., Ltd. ), Sustainable Brand Japan (Hakuten Co., Ltd.), Sumitomo Electric Industry Co., Ltd., Daisen Co., Ltd. (Textile News), Toyota Motor Co., Ltd., MIKI SHOKO Co., Ltd.
Agree (individual): Mari Iizuka (Professor, Graduate School of Business, Doshisha University), Attorney Shoichi Shijuku, Attorney Shohei Sugita (Century Law Office), Attorney Shinya Takai
About the joint secretariat
ASSC: In anticipation of global trends, the “Foreign Workers Council” was established in 2018 with the aim of improving the working environment for foreign workers in private companies and their supply chains, and supporting improving efforts of private companies. ASSC is an organization with a proven track record.
JICA: Many foreign workers come from developing countries and are expected to return to their home countries in the future. They have been valuable human resources who support the communities and industries of developing countries. JICA has been working on human resource development for foreign workers before they come to Japan, support for employment and entrepreneurship of foreign workers who have returned to Japan, and promotion of multicultural coexistence activities in Japan such as Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers who have returned to Japan. Our policy is to promote the efforts of this platform while linking with these businesses.
Inquiries regarding this matter