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Jobs in Japan

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02.02.2020

In response to my two columns on Nakasone and Nakamura, many readers have written to me asking if there are job opportunities in Japan. Some readers have done one better by requesting me to help them get a Japanese visa.

Let it be clear that I have no influence on any foreign embassy – Japan included – to ask them for a visa. Nor do I have any clout in any job-offering company in Japan, or in any other country. Japan and most other foreign embassies have their own systems of visa issuance, and tinkering with the system jeopardizes the chances further. My family members and I have had to go through cumbersome processes whenever we planned to visit a foreign country. But at least I can do one thing, and that is to give some guidance, especially to our youth.

Japan is now welcoming foreign human resources, and the information I share now is no secret; all you need to do is research online. Japan has created a new specified-skilled-worker (SSW) category to hire foreign workers. For this purpose, Japan has a new status-of-residence (SoR) system that will address serious labour shortages in Japan, but that will be done by accepting only experienced human resources with specific expertise and skills. If you have been reading newspapers regularly you may recall that last year there were multiple news stories about Japan’s new policy of accepting foreign human resources.

After the amended Immigration Control Act, Japan has taken comprehensive measures for foreign workers residing in Japan. One of the measures is an initiative to improve infrastructure, such as provision of multilingual information by public institutions. Similarly, the infrastructure in daily life to welcome the rapidly increasing number of foreigners as residents in Japan is also improving. So, what are the SSW and SoR? This is a status of residence (SoR) applicable to foreigners who work in jobs that require considerable knowledge........

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