May 28, 2015

Government pledges to help foreign students find jobs in Japan

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 ...

More foreign students launching businesses in Japan

Jan 13, 2015

More foreign students launching businesses in Japan

by Su Xincheng

Three years ago, Tokyo resident Qi Hongqiang launched Skypechina, an online Chinese-language school, using ¥5 million borrowed from his parents back home in Hebei province, China. The 27-year-old graduate of a Japanese university needed the cash to fulfill one main requirement for obtaining an ...

Jun 16, 2014

Kyoto textile maker to increase classes for foreigners

by Kazuaki Nagata

A leading artisan textile maker that offers training courses in English is expanding its classes to meet demand from students overseas. Kawashima Selkon Textiles Co. said Monday the planned new session would complement the two it already holds annually for foreigners and will likely ...

Apr 20, 2014

Aichi revamps scholarships for Asian students

The Aichi Prefectural Government is offering scholarships to students from 22 Asian countries to study at graduate schools there on condition that they agree to work for local companies after graduation. The scholarships cover tuition and ¥150,000 in living expenses for a six-month period ...

Dec 15, 2013

48% of firms to hire foreign students in Japan in 2014: survey

Nearly half of Japan’s companies expect to hire foreigners studying in Japan next year, according to survey by a job information company. According to Disco Inc., 48.4 percent of the companies intend to hire such students in fiscal 2014, which is 13.2 points higher ...

Oct 20, 2013

Firms hiring more foreign students

Japanese companies surveyed are increasingly looking to hire foreign students from China, South Korea and other Asian countries despite the less-than-rosy political relationships.

Oct 8, 2013

Firms hiring more foreign students

by Kazuaki Nagata

Aiming to secure capable manpower and to grab more business overseas, Japanese companies are increasingly looking to hire foreign people who have studied in Japan, according to a recent survey. The survey, released last week by Disco Inc., a Tokyo-based recruitment consulting firm, shows ...

Aug 27, 2013

Girl-recruiting teacher in hot water

by Tomohiro Osaki

Police have handed prosecutors their case against a 59-year-old Iwate University professor who arranged for four foreign students to work as part-time nightclub hostesses. Masamichi Okazaki arranged job interviews between the owner of a bar in Morioka and the four girls, a Chinese and ...

Jun 22, 2013

Council to help foreign students land Kansai region jobs

Businesses, universities and a local bureau of the industry ministry have jointly set up a council to increase the number of foreigners studying in west Japan as well as job openings for those who graduate. The management council for employment of global manpower aims ...

'Share houses' growing on purpose

May 12, 2013

'Share houses' growing on purpose

by Koichi Tsujimura

While the use of “share houses,” where people with no connections with each other live together, are on the rise in Japan, dwellings occupied by people with a common purpose are also drawing attention. In a quiet neighborhood in Setagaya Ward, Tokyo, nine computer ...

Apr 5, 2013

Foreign enrollment in Japanese high schools slumps

The number of foreigners who were enrolled in Japanese high schools for at least three months in fiscal 2011 fell 30 percent from fiscal 2008 to 1,283, according to the education ministry. The ministry said Wednesday that the drop may have been caused by ...