The government has unveiled a package of measures to help foreign residents find jobs in Japan after studying in the country.
The Cabinet Office will hold seminars to provide universities with information about corporate internships and employment support programs for students from overseas, it was announced Wednesday.
The government agency will also hold seminars to give companies information on procedures for hiring foreign students.
The measures include arranging meetings between foreign students willing to work at companies in Japan and firms interested in hiring them.
The initiative will be implemented in close cooperation with other government agencies and related organizations, the Cabinet Office said.
Research by the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) found that 184,155 students from foreign countries were attending Japanese educational institutions in May 2014, including universities, colleges, and language schools. Of them, 94,399 were from China.
Separate research by JASSO in January 2014 found that 65 percent of 6,085 foreigners studying in Japan who responded to the survey wanted to work in the country.
The Cabinet Office’s 2014 revitalization strategy calls for disseminating information overseas about innovative companies, so as to draw more foreign students and thereby boost the pool of highly skilled workers. In particular, this would benefit smaller companies.
The government set a goal of drawing 300,000 foreign students by 2020, in the hopes of establish a stronger network linking Japan with the global community.