[GOOD NEWS] 3 Japanese Cities Can Now Hire Foreign Domestic Helpers As Per Japan’s Special Deregulation-Zone System

Housekeeping services firms are looking to increase more foreign maids in Tokyo, taking advantage of a special deregulation-zone system, as the need for such services is expected to grow, reported The Japan Times.

Two Filipinas, Jocelyn Paloma Oledan and Marianne Paragua Culaniban, on Wednesday flew from Manila to Tokyo’s Haneda airport, where they were welcomed by their employer, Tokyo-based housekeeping services firm Bears Co.

Both said they were happy for the chance to work in Japan, which they called a safe country.

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FYI, Japan’s immigration law does not permit foreign workers to be employed as maids for Japanese households.

However, three cities namely Tokyo, Osaka and Kanagawa, have been allowed to accept foreign maids by taking advantage of the special deregulation-zone system.

However, there are conditions if a housekeeping operator wishing to partake in the system. This includes paying workers a salary equivalent to Japanese peers and offering necessary training. Housekeepers must also have at least one year of professional experience and have basic Japanese skills.

There are a couple of housekeeping operators that has started in Osaka and Kanagawa. however, Bears Co said the demand is higher in Tokyo, the country’s capital.

Jocelyn Paloma Oledan and Marianne Paragua Culaniban are the first foreign maids for Bears. Under this new system, workers receive a special visa that allows them to stay in Japan for a maximum of three years.

Bears Company aims to accept 300 foreign maids within three years.