Sign up | Log in



Home  >>   Daily News  >>   Thailand  News  >>   Labor  >>   Japan advises Thailand to boost labor skills
NEWS UPDATES Asean Affairs        8 March 2011

Japan advises Thailand to boost labor skills

Related Stories

January 26, 2011
Thai industry still in dark about AEC

December 18, 2010
Thailand to accept more foreign workers

November 29, 2010
Foreign labor can help Thailand

September 14, 2010
Thai banks can meet new regulations

Thailand should produce about 700,000 skilled labourers to serve the investment influx from Japanese small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) after the ongoing revision in the Japan-Thailand Economic Partnership Agreement (Jtepa).

Hiromasa Yonekura, chairman of Nippon Keidanren, the Japanese business association, said after meeting with the Joint Standing Committee on Commerce, Industry and Banking (JSCCIB) this week that Japan wanted Thailand to develop skilled labour to serve the increasing demand in the industrial sector.

Yonekura, who is also chairman of Sumitomo Chemical, said even his company had to recruit more people. So this is an important issue for industrial development in Thailand.

Dusit Nontanakorn, chairman of the Board of Trade of Thailand, said he had just come back from Japan and had been told by Japanese investors that Japanese SMEs were considering investing in Thailand. It is expected that those companies will require about 700,000 skilled labourers for their investment. So they have asked Thailand whether it is ready to provide enough workers to serve the demand.

Those Japanese companies will invest in the automotive, electronics and electrical appliance industries.

"This is the important issue," Dusit said. "I've told Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva that we have to start thinking and taking action in increasing skilled labourers.

"The demand for 700,000 comes from Japanese firms only. How about those from South Korea, Europe and the US? Thus we have to survey the labour needs from those countries so that we can plan in advance to develop the human resources."

He said that if Thailand could not start taking action on this matter and could not provide human resources to serve the needs, Japan had other choices to go to, such as Vietnam.

"If we look into Asean countries, Indonesia is the biggest market in terms of population, whereas Vietnam has good economic growth. If we think about the financial centre, Singapore will be the answer. The country that is going to have a big project is Burma. So, where's Thailand? Our strengths in the past may be weaknesses now. We have to stop fighting each other and think more about how to develop the country," he said.

Reach Southeast Asia!
10- Nations, 560- Million Consumers
And $1 -Trillion Market
We are the Voice of Southeast Asia Media Kit
The only Media Dedicated to Southeast Asia Advertising Rates for Magazine
  Online Ad Rates

Comment on this Article. Send them to

Letters that do not contain full contact information cannot be published.
Letters become the property of AseanAffairs and may be republished in any format.
They typically run 150 words or less and may be edited
submit your comment in the box below




1.  Verifier

1. Verifier

For security purposes, we ask that you enter the security code that is shown in the graphic. Please enter the code exactly as it is shown in the graphic.
Your Code
Enter Code

Today's  Stories    8  March 2011 Subsribe Now !
• Cambodian villagers halt land clearing
Subcribe: Asean Affairs Global Magazine
• Fuel Subsidy Ban’s Fate to Be Decided Today Asean Affairs Premium
• Miners say Indo value-added law will hurt

• High-speed KL-Singapore rail to be studied

Research Reports
on Thailand 2007-2008

•Textiles and Garments Industry

•Coffee industry

•Leather and footwear industry

•Shrimp industry

• Philippines forex reserves jump

• Japan advises Thailand to boost labor skills

• Thai women rise in business world

• Vietnam sets Mekong Delta priorities

Asean Analysis    7   March 2011 Advertise Your Brand
• Economic pressures raise political tensions Sponsor Our Events
Asean Stock Watch    8  March 2011
• ASEAN to Hold Gains
Global News Impacting Asia    17 November 2010
• Bank of America sees Asian inflation
• Lloyd’s increases insurance push in Malaysia
• Wells Fargo analyst on euro
• Obama’s visit to Asia

ASEAN NEWS UPDATES      Updated: 04 January 2011

• Women Shariah scholars see gender gap closing
• Bank Indonesia may hold key rate as inflation hits 7 percent

• Bursa Malaysia to revamp business rules
• Private property prices hit new high in Singapore
• Bangkok moves on mass transport
• Thai retailers are upbeat
• Rice exports likely to decline
• Vietnamese PM projects 10-year socioeconomic plan


This year in Thailand-what next?

04 January 2011
By David Swartzentruber      

It is commonplace in journalism to write two types of articles at the transition point between the year that has passed and the New Year. As this writer qualifies as an “old hand” in observing Thailand with a track record dating back 14 years, it is time take a shot at what may unfold in Thailand in 2011.

The first issue that can’t be answered is the health of Thailand’s beloved King Bhumibol, who is now 83 years old. He is the world's longest reigning monarch, but elaborate birthday celebrations in December failed to mask concern over his health. More

Home | About Us | Contact Us | Special Feature | Features | News | Magazine | Events | TV | Press Release | Advertise With us

| Terms of Use | Site Map | Privacy Policy  | DISCLAIMER |

Version 5.0
Copyright © 2006-2021 TIME INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT ENTERPRISES CO., LTD. All rights reserved.
Bangkok, Thailand