- Japan International Training Cooperation Organization
- President Kazuhiro Suzuki
The Japanese Technical Intern Training Program was established in 1993, for the purpose of making international contributions through a transfer of skills to young workers, etc. from developing countries, and has continued to develop by undergoing many revisions up to this point. Although the number of technical intern trainees in Japan temporarily dropped in the immediate aftermath of the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the number of technical intern trainees has been increasing steadily over the last few years, with total numbers exceeding 250 thousand as of June 30, 2017. Technical intern trainees come from a diverse range of countries, including Vietnam, China, the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, and Myanmar.
The Act on Proper Technical Intern Training and Protection of Technical Intern Trainees (Technical Intern Training Act) was enacted at an extraordinary session of the Diet in autumn 2016, to respond to the increasing number of technical intern trainees and the diversification of sending countries in recent years, and it came into effect on November 1, 2017.
Under the new program established by the Technical Intern Training Act, a system of licensing supervising organizations and accreditation of technical intern training plans has been introduced as a measure to ensure the appropriate conduct of technical intern training. Also, a system of punishment, etc. for human rights violations, etc. and a system of reporting by technical intern trainees, etc. have been introduced as measures to ensure the protection of technical intern trainees. Furthermore, there are new provisions aimed at expanding the program to allow the technical intern training period to be extended and to increase the limit on the number of technical intern trainees allowed, etc. for excellent supervising organizations and implementing organizations. Enactment of the Technical Intern Training Act is one of the largest revisions in the history of the Technical Intern Training Program, which spans a quarter century, and has been called the “second establishment” of the program. Going forward the program is expected to display appropriate operation in line with its goal of international contribution through international skills transfer, as well as further growth.
Since JITCO was first established in 1991, it has provided general support, as well as advice and instruction on appropriate implementation to supervising organizations, implementing organizations, and sending organizations, etc. with the mission of contributing to the appropriate and smooth promotion of the Technical Intern Training Program. JITCO has received many requests from supervising organizations, implementing organizations, sending organizations, and technical intern trainees, etc. for consultation and advice with regard to the implementation of the Technical Intern Training Program, as further enhancements to the appropriate implementation of technical intern training and the protection of technical intern trainees are being promoted under the new program. JITCO will continue to meet the expectations of all parties and fulfill its role and mission as a general support organization for the Technical Intern Training Program.
I would like to thank supervising organizations, implementing organizations, and sending organizations, etc. in advance for their continued understanding and support of JITCO activities.