Firms urged to send staff to aid Tohoku municipalities’ workforce shortages

JIJI

The Reconstruction Agency is strengthening efforts to help companies dispatch personnel to municipalities in the Tohoku region still facing chronic workforce shortages more than two years after the devastating March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

The agency opened a website for information on job offers by these municipalities while holding briefing sessions for firms interested in dispatching employees to the disaster-hit areas.

As part of the effort, the agency has been in close contact with governments in the three hardest-hit prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima, business groups and other central government agencies.

The Reconstruction Agency’s efforts come as municipalities struggling with heavy workloads are pinning their hopes on help from corporate employees with flexible work approaches and business know-how.

The new website, which the agency opened last month, offers a variety of information on municipal jobs so that firms can better focus on positions that match their particular field of expertise, such as tourism planning.

For interested firms, the site also includes interviews with companies that have experience in sending employees to the disaster-hit municipalities.

For companies interested in sending their staff, the agency also holds briefing sessions in Tokyo every month, where officials from the disaster-hit municipalities speak about the kind of workers needed. The agency also serves as an intermediary between companies and municipalities.

“People sent from private companies are playing important roles in disaster areas and are thanked by local people,” an agency official said. “We are working to increase such dispatches as much as possible.”