Japanese Shipowners' Association and the International Mariners Management Association of Japan officials announced that they prefer Filipino seafarers as part of their ship crews.
IMMAJ chairman Capt. Masami Sasaki and JSA vice-president Osamu Suzuki told this good news when introduced to new Philippine Labor Attache Ma. Luz Talento and Liwayway Ilo, Welfare Officer of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Tokyo.
According to the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo, IMMAJ and JSA stated that the shipowners and the association are satisfied with Filipino seafarers performance with their duty on board. They admire the competence, skills and dedication of Filipino seafarers to their maritime profession.
Promotion of Filipino seafarers welfare working aboard Japanese-flagged and Japanese-owned and operated ships by establshing closer links with Japanese shipowners and ship managers were emphasized by Philippine Embassy chief of mission Gilberto Asuque, Talento and Ilo to the top shipping executives of Japan.
Data from JSA and IMMAJ show that Filipino seafarers comprises more than 72 percent of the total number of foreign and Japanese seafarers working aboard Japanese-flagged and Japanese-owned merchant ships flying a foreign flag.