Project to Provide Comprehensive Support for Acceptance of Foreign Human Resources"Specified Skilled Worker" Manufacture of Food and Beverages Field and the Food Service Industry Field

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Here, there are introductions of companies that accept foreign human resources with specified skills as well as the voices of these human resources who work in the companies.

CASE01 Manufacture of Food and Beverages FieldABECHO SHOTEN CO.,LTD. Kesennuma Foods

People who can provide instruction and manage production lines

Corporate Information
  • Business activities: cold storage of fresh fish, manufacturing of processed marine products
  • Number of employees: 114 people
  • Number of specified skill workers: 3 people (breakdown: 3 Indonesians)

Objectives for accepting foreign human resources

We currently have 38 technical intern trainees, and employ three people who shifted from Category 3 to Category 1 of the Specified Skills. Most of them are Indonesian. The marine products processing industry handles different types of fish depending on the season, and the necessary processing methods are also different. Therefore, compared to industries that conduct mass production of products throughout the year, large-scale mechanization is difficult and labor shortages are a serious issue. We want to entrust the three specified skilled workers with work at the level of employees who can firmly provide instruction and manage one production line, and are considering a capacity development and evaluation system.

Work and lifestyle of foreign human resources

The staff with specified skills are currently at the level of learning the management tasks for the lines they are in charge of. They have been continuing to take on roles from the time when they were technical intern trainees, and have been providing instruction to other trainees as “senior employees” and translating manuals. They are very reliable, as they monitor both the work and lives of the trainees, and we consult them about matters such as responding to trainees.

We have incorporated the opinions of our foreign human resources, and developed halal fish sausages. Unfortunately, they are not sold in the workers’ home country of Indonesia. But we export them to countries such as the United States, Malaysia, and Singapore, and their sales are growing. Going forward, we would like to further advance our overseas sales.

Follow system

We have Japanese and Indonesian in our manuals and posters in the factories. We also provide support to improve our workers’ Japanese ability by holding weekly Japanese lessons using a web conference system. Kesennuma City has a deep connection with Indonesia, and over 350 Indonesians live in the city. That is why they can adapt relatively quickly. They participate in the Kesennuma Minato Festival wearing yukata, participate in the coming-of-age ceremony wearing traditional Indonesian clothing, and seem to enjoy themselves as members of the community.

Interviews with Specified Skill Workers

I learned specified skills and gained a stronger sense of responsibility

Ms. Risa Mei Selatama

Country of origin:  Indonesia
Work experience:  six years

Because I had experience working in a Japanese company’s factory in Indonesia and was familiar with the Japanese style of working, I came to Japan in 2014 as a technical intern trainee. Japanese people and Indonesian people have their own different ways of thinking. Although our cultures and characteristics are different, I believe that I was kindly received. I shifted to Category 1 of the Specified Skills in August 2020, and feel a sense of responsibility for my work more than ever before. Going forward, I will firmly study instruction methods, the necessary knowledge for line management, and more. In the future, I would like to establish a food manufacturing business or other such business in Indonesia using the skills, knowledge, and money I accumulated in Japan.

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