MIDA Tokyo, together with the Malaysia Student Association in Japan (MSAJ) and the Human Resource Development Office of the Embassy of Malaysia in Japan, co-organised the annual career fair for Malaysian students in Japan on 12 August 2023. The event was held at the Tokyo Metropolitan Industry and Trade Center Building.
The career fair was a platform for Japanese companies to recruit potential candidates who can contribute to their existing operations in Malaysia. It also assisted these companies in recruiting Malaysians as part of the preparations before establishing their operations in Malaysia.
This year, a total of 18 Japanese companies participated in the event, offering job opportunities and internships to Malaysian talents. These companies included Sumitomo Asia and Oceania, Rohm Wako, KOA Denko, Taiyo Yuden, NHK Spring, Institute Internet of Japan (IIJ), Masunaga, Figurative Japan, Tateyama and TESAC. Other Malaysian and foreign multinational companies also took this opportunity to hire Malaysian students in Japan, including Petronas, Perodua, Exxon Mobil, DXC Technology, Reeracoen and Teleperformance.
Approximately 200 Malaysian students participated in the event. They were eager to seize the opportunity to connect with companies spanning diverse sectors such as electrical and electronics (E&E), ICT, automotive, chemical, machinery and the services sector. The programme included briefings by companies to students, meet-and-greet sessions and even private interview booths offered by selected companies.
“MIDA assumes a crucial role in ensuring targeting FDIs brought into the country will generate quality employment for the rakyat. As such, we are now witnessing the job scope for the industry sector has elevated to a higher standard and more complex that requires new skillsets especially those industries that are related to high value, high technology. Therefore, we are glad to co-organise and support this programme and introducing our capable talents to fulfill the Japanese companies’ talent requirement”, said Mr. Izran Abdullah, Director of MIDA Tokyo.
Following the Trade and Investment Mission to Japan led by YB Tengku Datuk Seri Utama Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz, the Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry (MITI), MIDA foresees the demand for future potential employment opportunities related to green technology, electric vehicles, specialty chemicals utilising green resources and many more.
There are around 650 Malaysian students currently pursuing their studies in Japan across a wide range of courses, including mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, economics and many other courses.
“Malaysian graduates studying in Japan hold considerable benefits owing to the valuable experiences and knowledge they acquired. This advantage enhances their appeal to Japanese and multinational companies in Malaysia, positioning them as desirable candidates for employment. Therefore, the Office of Human Resource Development consistently provides strong support to this Career Fair Programme”, said Mr. Imran Yussof, Counsellor of Human Resource Development, Embassy of Malaysia in Japan.
As most of the Japanese companies are growing and expanding globally, MIDA’s offices in Japan will collaborate closely with the Embassy of Malaysia in Japan and MSAJ to ensure the continuity of the career fair as an impactful platform for both Malaysian students in Japan and the Japanese corporations.
Malaysian students in Japan who possess proficiency in the Japanese language as an additional skill and are well-integrated into Japanese culture assume a vital role in fostering mutual trust between the two nations.