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Minister Counsellor and the team from the Office of Labour Affairs in Japan visited the employer and trainees of Fanucmagtronics Co.,Ltd at Kanagawa.

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             On 9 February, 2012 Ms. Chantana Boonarj, Minister Counsellor (Labour), together with Mrs. Malee Wada, Assistant to the overseas employment promotion and Mr. Kan Nakamura, Special Assistant of IM Japan went to visit the employer, Fanucmagtronics Co.,Ltd, at Kanagawa aiming to promote and enlarge market opportunity for Thai trainees in Japan as well as visiting the trainees of this company.

            1. Fanucmagtronics Co.,Ltd is an SMEs business founded in 1979 and possesses 2 operating plants hiring 230 employees. It is invested at 30% by Fanuc Co.,Ltd which is well-known for robot manufacturing in Japan. However, the company’s main products are circuit board of machine controller, robot cable, and cable using in other industries. In order to produce these products, high concentration, technical skills, and elaboration are required to solder and combine the cables on the circuit board.

                2. The company has enlarged its investment to Thailand by opening Future Manufacturing Co.,Ltd. in July 2011 at Khlongluang, Prathumthani, therefore, it had accepted 2 Thai trainees from IM Japan on November to study and train in order to enable them to work for its subsidiary in Thailand. Besides, it also recruited Thai engineer who is fluent in Japanese language to work for the company in Japan in order to learn the business practice to generate productive planning for its subsidiary in Thailand with Thai trainees afterward.

            3. According to the meeting with Mr. Minoru Suga, Chairman and Mr. Masahiko Suga, President, they were satisfied with those 2 trainees’ performances and they planned to recruit more Thai trainees. In this regard, Minister Counsellor ( Labour) recommended that the production was suitable for female workers since combining circuit board required delicacy, not power and currently, most employees of this industrial plant are also female workers. Moreover, IM Japan had also accepted female trainees; therefore, the company had already decided to employ 3 female trainees and would recruit 3 more trainees to train in manufacturing of metal box for installing circuit board at its subsidiary, Fuji Semitsu Co.,Ltd located in Tochigi.

             4. Minister Counsellor ( Labour) visited and observed the training at the company as well as having lunch with the executives and the trainees. According to the discussion, the visiting group found that those trainees had a good living condition and they felt lucky to have this internship opportunity at the company since the job required high skills level and there was a good working environment. In addition, they intended to work for the company’s subsidiary in Thailand. Although they just worked for 3 months each of them could have monthly saving more than 60,000 Yen (24,000 baht) and the employer also gave them the bonus. Moreover, they had an opportunity to study Japanese language on the holiday and tried to be fluent in language skills. In this regard, Minister Counsellor (Labour) had given them books, snacks, and dried food as well.