The number of Japanese restaurants located overseas was approximately 156,000 in 2019, which is a rapid increase of 30% from an estimated 118,000 in 2017.
However,in some of these Japanese restaurants overseas,the meals are prepared by chefs who lack basic Japanese cuisine skills and knowledge.
Therefore, in April 2016, Japan's Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) established the guidelines for "Certification of Cooking Skills for Japanese Cuisine in Foreign Countries" to train Japanese chefs overseas with appropriate skills and knowledge regarding Japanese cuisine and to certify chefs who have reached a certain level.
The certification is offered at three levels: Gold, Silver, and Bronze.
Requirements for Certification
To obtain a Gold certification, you need two years of work experience at a Japanese restaurant in Japan.
To obtain a Silver certification, you need to complete the required subject from a Japanese cooking school in or out of Japan for one year or one year of practical experience at a Japanese restaurant in Japan or abroad.
However, you can acquire a Bronze certification by passing the “Japanese Cooking Fundamental Skills Certification” online course exam.