Japan’s ruling party calls for more foreign workers


A panel of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party issued an interim report Wednesday calling on the government to boost the number of foreign workers in the country.

To accomplish this, the Headquarters for Japan’s Economic Revitalization is pushing for improvements in the on-the-job training program for people from developing countries and regions.

Introduced in 1993, the program currently allows foreign workers to receive job training in Japan for up to three years.

The panel’s report calls for allowing such stays to be extended by about two years if both employer and trainee are willing.

The panel proposed making it easier for foreign workers to re-enter Japan and making the job training program more convenient for employers.

The panel believes it necessary to make more use of skilled foreign workers because Japan’s working-age population is declining.

The report adds that active discussions should be held on allowing non-Japanese to work in the agriculture and manufacturing sectors for short periods, and as household helpers.

  • Demosthenes

    This is a good move for Japan to consider. But if Nationalism in the country keeps on rising, will foreign workers actually want to come and stay longer? And with unemployment issues and a sagging economy, any foreign nationals taking Japanese jobs will bare the animosities of conservatives in the country.

  • BLL

    Big mistake, the same done in Western Europe which, now, is slowly heading to lebanese scenario. A disaster that hits first and foremost the national working class.

    But i’m confident that the next elections will end such attempts to undermine japanese workers rights by pressuring them with foreign work force. Such short term policies only benefits to Big Business, not the people.