Japan will soon open its doors to Filipino domestic workers.
This was one of the topics discussed during a bilateral meeting between President Benigno Aquino III and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday.
At the moment, Japan accepts a limited number of foreign nurses and caregivers.
Press Secretary spokesperson Yasuhisa Kawamura said Filipino domestic workers will initially be accepted in prefectures which include Osaka and Kanagawa.
Kawamura said Japan requested that the Philippines prepare the necessary systems to Japan’s reception to Filipino household workers to Japanese economic special zones.
Kawamura also said the Japanese government pledged a P93-billion Official Development Assistance for the Philippines’ north-south commuter railway project from Tutuban, Manila to Malolos, Bulacan. The project is expected to be completed in 2021.
Japan also announced that it will continue assisting Mindanao through various economic activities.
Kawamura also announced that Prime Minister Abe is considering President Aquino’s request for more large patrol vessels.
Japan also plans to speed up the signing of the agreement for the Defense Agreement Transfer. The defense equipment the Philippines will get will be in the field of national security.
Abe also reiterated his support for Manila’s arbitration case against China.
Kawamura also said that the Japanese emperor Akihito and his wife Empress Michiko will visit the Philippines early next year.
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