The results of the first proficiency exam for the food-service industry were announcedon May 21.
According to OTAFF (the Organization for Technical Skill Assessment of Foreign Workers in Food Industry) who conducted the exam, 347 out of 460 applicants passed the test, with a passing rate of 75.4%. Separated by city, out of the 280 applicants at the Tokyo site, 208 people passed the exam with a 74.3% pass rate. At the Osaka site, 139 out of the 180 applicants passed the test with a 77.2% pass rate. The first exam was held on April 25 in Tokyo and Osaka after the application period opened in late March.
This exam is mandatory for those who want to obtain the new Specified Skilled Worker resident status that was introduced in April. Foreigners who have passed this exam can be employed in the food-service industry with Specified Skilled Worker (i) for a maximum of 5 years.
The 2nd national exam was held on June 24 in Sapporo, Sendai, and Okayama, on June 27 in Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka, and on June 28 in Tokyo, Nagoya, and Fukuoka. The examination results will be announced late July.
JF (Japan Food Service Association) has published textbooks for foreigners planning to study for the exam. There are three types of textbooks: general reception and customer service, cooking, and hygiene control. The exam questions have been set based on the content of these textbooks.
Those who are considering taking the exam can check the schedule beforehand and plan their studies accordingly.