The northern province of Ha Nam is training Vietnamese workers in the Japanese language and cultural working behaviours with the intent to provide a qualified workforce for Japanese firms.

Since June 2014, trainees at the Ha Nam vocational college have learned to converse and write in basic Japanese, as well as a basic understanding of the culture and customs of Japan.

They have also adopted the “5S” working model, loosely translated from Japanese as “sort”, “straighten”, “shine”, “standardise” and “sustain” - a basic, fundamental, systematic approach for productivity, quality and safety improvement across production sectors.

Twice each month, dialogues with representatives from Japanese enterprises are organised to help trainees learn more about their culture and business etiquettes.

Last year, the college graduated 90 trainees, 60 of which are now working in Japanese companies in Ha Nam. Nearly 100 students are currently enrolled, comprised mostly of high school graduates from rural areas, and those hoping to study abroad or work on joint projects with Japan.

Nguyen Xuan Dong, Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, said the province considers attracting foreign investment to be one of its top priorities.
Ha Nam will work to improve the quality of its workforce, administrative procedures, infrastructure, and services, he said.

According to the Ministry of Planning and Investment, Ha Nam was one of the top 10 cities and provinces with the largest investment inflows in 2014 with 125 active foreign-invested enterprises, mostly from Japan and the Republic of Korea.-VNA