President of the International Relations Organisation, Japan, Dr. Noriaki Suga yesterday said his organisation is planning to enrol university pass outs and Daham Sevane Sigiththo Foundation members for its three year training program.
The Japanese government has given the opportunity to youths in developing countries to obtain their expertise in various fields through this program, Dr. Suga said.
He said his institution began recruiting Sri Lankans for this program on the request of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Dr Suga said President Rajapaksa as the then Prime Minister requested him to provide more employment opportunities in Japan for the less privileged youths in the country when he visited the country soon after the 2004 tsunami.
Dr. Suga said Sri Lankan youths selected for the three year training program in Japan have left the program to earn more money.
He said these youths have found jobs in various parts of Japan and overstay their visas depriving the opportunity for other Sri Lankan youths to follow this training program.
Dr. Suga was of the view that this could be averted by enroling university graduates and members of Children’s Development Foundation – Daham Sevane Sigiththo.
Addressing a press conference in Colombo, Dr. Suga added that Sri Lankan youths who are following this training program are given a salary and they have to return to the country once they complete the training program.
“The returnees can either start their own enterprises or provide their expertise to Sri Lankan companies or youths.”
He said the organisation had stopped recruiting Sri Lankan youths for this training as they are not bonafide students.
“These youths are working in various places in Japan without valid visa and some have reportedly sought asylum status.”
He said peace and freedom has been established in Sri Lanka and there is no situation for Sri Lankan students to apply for asylum status.
The Sri Lankan students following this course have reduced to 16 while students from Vietnam and China are not leaving this program, he added. Dr. Suga who is also acting as a coordinator of the Daham Sevane Singiththo Children’s Development Foundation said he raised this issue with President Rajapaksa too. “The President is also keen to provide training to new graduates,” he added.
Daham Sevane Singiththo Foundation founder Ven. Suduhumpola Rathanasara Thera was also present.