Japan Government Officials Visit NECA National Office
The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) hosted a delegation of Japanese government and business officials on Monday, March 16, to discuss the electrical construction industry and offer lessons from the association’s leadership.
The Embassy of Japan in the United States oversaw the visit of Soshi Murakawa, Director of Construction Market Development with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan (MLIT), and about a dozen colleagues.
Other organizations represented at the meeting included the Japan Federation of Construction Contractors; the National General Contractors Association of Japan, Kandenko Co.; Hibiya Engineering; East Japan Construction Surety Co.; West Japan Construction Surety Co.; Hokkaido Construction Surety Co.; and the Fund for Construction Industry Promotion.
NECA CEO John Grau opened the meeting and briefly discussed notable trends in the industry before presentations by other members of the association. They touched on workforce-related issues, education, safety and additional programs supported by NECA.
At the heart of the delegation’s visit was a desire to explore measures to promote young people entering the construction industry and to improve training systems in order to enhance the productivity and motivation of construction skilled workers.
The number of construction workers has continuously decreased in Japan because of the long-term recession and the decrease in investment for construction. Rapid population decline is also predicted in the country, which has a population of about 127 million today.
The Japanese officials also had plans to visit NECA’s training center for skilled workers, located in Lanham, Maryland.
To learn more about NECA, visit www.necanet.org.