Late last month the NHK News on-line reported the following:
Technical skill trainees who had returned from overseas to work again in the three prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima that had suffered from the serious damage due to the East Japan great earthquake remained below half of what was before the earthquake disaster at this moment of just about one year after the earthquake disaster.
This was made clear by the Japan International Training Cooperation Organization which was promoting the technical skill training system. Last month they had conducted an investigation in about 3000 companies located in the Tohoku district and in the eight prefectures such as Ibaraki and Chiba.
According to it, the number of the trainees in the three prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima had decreased to 2005 people in total, or 48.9% of what had been before the earthquake disaster.
Compared with before the earthquake disaster, it was Miyagi Prefecture that the number of trainees had decreased most, it stood at 27.0% of figure before the earthquake disaster; also Fukushima Prefecture was 55.9% and Iwate Prefecture was 61.8%.
Among the trainees who went back after the earthquake disaster the number that returned to Japan did not reach 20%; because of that, the recovery work of the coastal fish processing companies etc. was overdue, and it was expected that trainees' failure to return could serve as the background.
If to see it according to nationality, the number of Chinese trainees had decreased sharply; but on the other hand, there were prefectures that had an increase in number of trainee from Vietnam and the Philippines, and discussion about "wish that you could send in Vietnamese textbooks" was noted in the companies in the stricken area.
Japan International Training Cooperation Organization Representative Director Michiaki Sata was saying that "Not only from China, the trainees from other countries must also be increased, else diversification cannot be attained."
It will be a long way for Japan to totally recover from the 3.11 disaster.