Sep 1, 2015

Japanese firms find ready, fluent workforce in Paraguay

Descendants of Japanese immigrants in Paraguay are drawing the attention of Japanese companies that have entered, or hope to enter, the South American country. With many young descendants fluent in Japanese, companies are looking at them as a reliable workforce. “It is easy to ...

Thai visa overstayer's son sues to stay in Japan

Apr 20, 2015

Thai visa overstayer's son sues to stay in Japan

A Thai visa overstayer’s son, who was born and raised in Japan and has never left the country, is seeking to rescind an expulsion order from immigration authorities, claiming Japan is his one and only home. “Japan is my home. I want to lead ...

Visa overstayers launch campaign for 'legalization'

Aug 18, 2014

Visa overstayers launch campaign for 'legalization'


A group of visa overstayers launched a month-long campaign Monday in which they will ask 36 local assemblies in the Kanto region for special permission to remain in the country legally. Spearheaded by the Asian People’s Friendship Society, a nonprofit organization, the campaign includes ...

Jul 11, 2014

Japanese firms near crisis point as labor shortage deepens

Japan’s labour shortage is nearing crisis in some key industries as it spreads from construction to services, curbing companies’ operations, pushing up wages and potentially crimping a tentative recovery in the world’s third-largest economy. Airlines, retailers, truckers and restaurant chains are being forced to ...