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A Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) signed between Japan and India on Specified Skilled Workers (SSW) will permit 14 categories of Indian' skilled workers' to work in Japan. The SSW will now be the new kind of residence created by Japan in 2019, wherein overseas nationals can procure jobs and reside in the country for a more extended period.

This MOC was signed between Harsh Shringla, India's foreign secretary, and Suzuki Satoshi, the Japanese envoy to India. This signing of the agreement means that both the nations have agreed to establish a mechanism via which Indian nationals will smoothly transition under the SSW framework.

At the signing ceremony, the Japanese envoy reiterated that this MOC would be a game-changer for Indian nations securing more employment opportunities when they come to Japan. This memorandum aims to set a framework between India and the Japanese government, which would permit the transferring of information to protect the nationals of India who are arriving in Japan as SSW and facilitate a smooth implementation of this system of SSW.

With the launch of this MOC, the foreign secretary stated that both the countries could synergize their strengths and work towards mutually beneficial outcomes. The Indian side is looking forward to working in tandem with the talented Japanese workers to ensure that both countries reach their objectives in a smooth, quick, and efficient manner.

Under this, the person or Indian national must be fluent in the Japanese language in day to day life with a maximum stay in Japan for five years. The 14 industries specified comprise caregiving, building cleaning, material processing, industrial machinery manufacturing, electric and electronic information, construction, shipbuilding and ship-related industry, automobile maintenance, aviation, lodging, agriculture, fisheries, food and beverages manufacturing, and food services industry.

Quick operationalizing of this MOC was directed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on high priority back when existing Japanese PM Yoshihide Suga was the chief cabinet secretary and the key initiator of this program. 

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