On October 1, 2022, the Labour Minister, Mr. Suchart Chomklin, Assistant to the Labour Minister, Mr. Surachai Chaitrakulthong, Minister Counselor (on Labour), Ms. Sadudee Kittisuwan, and the Ministry of Labour’s executives visited 35 Thai workers at Kanemi, Matsudo Branch, Chiba Prefecture, Japan. Mr. Akiyoshi Shonobe, President of Kanemi, the management team, and the Aifamily Cooperative Society, an organization that accepts technical interns, welcomed the delegation. Kanemi is in the ready-to-eat and frozen foods business. It consists of an outside sales business that produces and delivers food products for convenience stores. It also receives finished products as a home delivery service to consumer cooperatives in each region. Kanemi Foods Co., Ltd. started accepting foreign trainees for the first time in 2013. Currently, there are 781 trainees training in 12 sub-branch factories across the country. The Matsudo district branch recruited 35 technical interns and skilled workers. Kanemi Foods Co., Ltd. started accepting specialized skilled workers in 2020, and as of May 31, 2022, they employ 13 specialized workers.
Mr. Suchart said that the Prime Minister and Defense Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha and the Deputy Prime Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan, who supervises the Ministry of Labour, care for Thai workers, including all technical interns who live abroad, and are dedicated to working to bring knowledge and income to develop the country and raise the status of the family. Today, the Labour Minister and his delegation were assigned to visit, meet, talk, and give souvenirs to encourage the Thai technical interns and trainees under the supervision of Kanemi Foods Co., Ltd. The visit found that all the interns and trainees received wages and benefits as required by law. They also gave a speech to the technical interns for morale and encouragement.
“I would like to thank Kanemi Foods Co., Ltd. for allowing me to meet and giving us a warm welcome. Thank you for your continued interest in accepting Thai technical interns and providing good care for them, as well as considering the recruitment of more Thai technical/skilled labour interns. This will benefit both countries’ economies after the full opening of both Japan and Thailand. From speaking with the employers, they were satisfied and appreciated the diligence of the Thai technical interns who are responsible for their assigned tasks, considerate, quick learners, have skills and expertise, and a wide range of talents,” said Mr. Suchart.
Mr. Akiyoshi Shonobe, President of Kanemi, said the company needed more Thai technical interns. He said Thai workers have good skills, work hard and learn quickly. As for the Japanese language, each trainee makes an effort to learn the language, and there will be seniors to give advice, while the company will support the assistance in every aspect.
Division of Public Relations
1 October 2022