WASHINGTON – The government is considering increasing the number of foreign engineers and researchers accepted into the country by units of 100,000, according to Yasutoshi Nishimura, senior vice minister at the Cabinet Office.
Nishimura signaled the intention to significantly ease the criteria for giving preferential treatment to highly skilled people during a question-and-answer session after giving a lecture Monday in Washington on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s growth strategies.
Nishimura said the government will promote deregulation to allow for 24-hour financial transactions in Tokyo in an effort to strengthen its status as an international financial center and encourage investment.
The proposals are part of the government’s move to set up special strategic zones in and around Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya under Abe’s economic policies.
Nishimura said measures for the Kansai special zone may include strengthening distribution networks via the area’s airports.
Also, the establishment of a center for regenerative and other advanced medicine, as well as the approval of casino operations are among proposals being discussed as ways to attract wealthy tourists from Asian nations, Nishimura said.