Skilled foreign workers to be employed by farms in special zones

Dec 12, 2016

Skilled foreign workers to be employed by farms in special zones

The government will allow skilled non-Japanese to work in the agricultural sector in special economic zones to alleviate the farming labor shortage. “We have decided to add the employment of foreign workers in the agricultural sector … to the menu for strategic special zones,” ...

Sep 1, 2016

Koike backs idea of foreign housekeepers in special zones

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike says the metropolitan government should allow foreigners to conduct housekeeping services in strategic deregulation zones authorized by the Japanese government. The proposal is expected to be approved by the government soon. “In terms of tapping more female power, (the services) ...

Top companies move to hire more foreign employees

May 1, 2016

Top companies move to hire more foreign employees

Japan’s top companies are increasingly moving to give foreign people permanent contracts, judging that the benefits of diversification are well worth the challenges. Among them is convenience store chain Lawson Inc., which has awarded between 10 and 30 percent of its graduate positions to ...

Mar 9, 2016

LDP eyes allowing more workers from abroad to come to Japan

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party will set up a panel to consider allowing more foreign people to work in the country, officials said Tuesday, in a move designed to address labor shortages stemming from an aging society. Labor shortages are especially serious in sectors ...

Without safety net, foreign temp workers live on the edge

| Dec 4, 2015

Without safety net, foreign temp workers live on the edge

Among foreign migrant workers who travel to Japan in quest of a better life, a common narrative stands out — minimal wages, occupational instability, language barriers and an itinerant lifestyle. This is what many factory employees from everywhere from Peru to the Philippines learn ...