Government pledges to help foreign students find jobs in Japan

JIJI, Staff Report

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.

  • Steve Jackman

    The question is, what is the government doing to improve working conditions for foreign and expat workers in Japan? More often than not, Japanese companies are abusive and hostile towards foreign workers, and treat them as second-class employees.

    They freely violate Japanese labor laws in cases of foreign workers, since they know these workers have no recourse. The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare looks the other way and Japan’s racist judicial system does everything to deny expat workers justice and due process of law. This is where the government needs to focus its attention.