The Japan International Training Cooperation Organization (JITCO) contributes to the human resource development in developing countries by supporting technical intern trainees entering Japan.
Founded in 1991, JITCO was under the joint jurisdiction of the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transportation.
JITCO is now the public interest incorporated foundation, authorized by Japanese Cabinet office.
The Role of JITCO
JITCO's fundamental purpose is to contribute to international technical intern training programs by assisting them to run smoothly and appropriately.
Our mission statements:
- Provide overall support and assistance along with advice and instructions for organizations that intend to host or are currently hosting technical intern trainees.
- Support and advise technical intern trainees on legal issues such as immigration and labour as well as general concerns and inquiries.
- Support both sending and hosting organizations, technical intern trainees to conduct and successfully complete technical intern training programs.
JITCO's decisions on activities plan and budgeting are discussed and finalized through the Board of Trustees and the Board of Directors before being implemented.
The General Affairs Department consists of general affairs Div, Accounting Div, Planning and Coordination Div, Information Systems Div, Publishing Center, and Public Relations Group. The Immigration Department, International Affairs Department, Human Resources Development Department, and the Training Facilitation Department constitute the services division. Various committees are organized with external specialists as needed.
Regional Offices are established in 17 areas: Sapporo, Sendai, Mito, Utsunomiya, Chiba, Tokyo, Niigata, Toyama, Nagano, Shizuoka, Nagoya, Osaka, Matsue, Hiroshima, Takamatsu, Matsuyama, and Fukuoka. Assorted specialists are stationed throughout the various regions: Residence Status Research Counselors, who examine the technical intern training program and assist in the application process with the Immigration Office; Safety and Health Advisors, who work to prevent technincal intern trainees from sickness and/or injury; Mental Health Advisors; and also Workers' Accident Compensation Insurance Advisors.
- Collection of information about foreign nationals wishing to receive technical intern training in Japan mainly by information exchange with foreign governments, and supply of this information to companies/organizations who are able to accept technical intern trainees (hereinafter referred to as "supervising organizations").
- Advice and assistance with procedures for entry into and residence in Japan on the part of the technical intern trainees.
- Assessment and evaluation of individual technical intern training programs for each supervising organization.
- Research, development, and publication of educational materials and manuals for Technical Intern Training Program for foreign nationals.
- Advice and assistance aimed at ensuring the Safety and Health of the technical intern trainees, including arrangements for private accident and health insurance programs.
- Assistance to facilitate assessment of technology, skills, and knowledge.
- Besides the above 2 provisions mentioned, advice and assistance concerning implementation of technical intern training for foreign nationals.
- Advice regarding return of technical intern trainees to the home countries (countries of nationality or habitual residence) and investigation of their employment status and other such factors after their return.
- Public information activities including lectures and seminars regarding Technical Intern Training Programs.
- Collection, analysis, and publication of various data concerning the implementation of Technical Intern Training Programs.
- Mission activities of the government of Japan to promote the Technical Intern Training Program.
- Other activities necessary to the attainment of this foundation's objective.