Japan's tourism, real estate sectors actively seeking foreign workers

Jun 20, 2017

Japan's tourism, real estate sectors actively seeking foreign workers

The nation's hotel operators and real estate firms are ramping up their hiring of foreign workers to capitalize on booming in-bound tourism and increasing property investment from wealthy overseas buyers. Liang I-ting, a Taiwanese clerk, greets guests in Chinese, Japanese and English at an Apa ...

May 11, 2017

Firms develop translation app for Japan's municipal offices

Two Japanese firms are developing an instant audio translation app for use at municipal offices in a bid to overcome the language barrier between foreign residents and local officials amid an increase in workers from abroad. Toppan Printing Co. and Feat Ltd., a developer of ...

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," Prime ...

/ 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) will reduce ...

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 foreign ...