Osaka opens more jobs to foreigners

OSAKA — The Osaka Prefectural Government has drawn up a report to allow about 70 percent of jobs related to civil engineering, architecture and hygiene engineering in the prefectural government to be opened to long-term non-Japanese residents.

In February, the prefectural government released another report saying that 53.5 percent of jobs in ordinary administrative affairs, equivalent to about 4,300 openings, can be opened to long-term non-Japanese residents.

The prefectural government plans to submit these reports to the prefectural assembly in order to open more jobs to non-Japanese residents.

It is unclear whether the new policy will be implemented in time for this summer’s examinations for prefectural government job applicants due to opposition from some assembly members and because information on the examinations must be made public in early May.