Dreaming of success, an increasing number of engineers from information-technology superpower India and other countries, including Vietnam, are coming to Japan.
Softbridge Solutions Pte., a venture enterprise in Tokyo’s Kanda district, is inviting IT engineers from India for seminars to teach them Japanese and national business practices before moving to Japan and working at a company.
“The United States is saturated as a place to export software and personnel,” said Prashant Jain, 37, of India, who in June 2002 established Softbridge Solutions, which has provided Japanese businesses with about 50 engineers.
“There are many ambitious young people who want to graduate from good schools and become successful,” as India has more than 400 million people under 18 years old, Jain said. “I’m sure young generations will be more globally active.”
Toppan Printing Co., a major printing company, has hired 10 Indian engineers from Softbridge. They are engaged in software development, forming a team with Japanese employees.
Toshiro Masuda, director of Toppan’s e-business department, said the Indians’ ability is 30 percent higher than that of his Japanese employees, while personnel expenses for them are 30 percent less.
Anuj Agarwal, 29, one of the Indian engineers, has been in charge of developing mobile phone content at Toppan Printing for two years.
“In the future, I want to return to India and set up a company using my experience in Japan,” he said.
India, with annual economic growth of close to 7 percent, has produced more than 100,000 highly educated IT engineers. Many seek jobs at European and U.S. enterprises.
But after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the U.S., young Indian engineers have increasingly sought work at Japanese companies because the U.S. government is more tightly regulating the issuance of visas to IT engineers.
More and more young people with skills in other fields from other parts of Asia are also coming to Japan. Technician Le Viet Linh, 28, from Vietnam, is currently in charge of plate-making at a printing company in Osaka.
“Japan and Vietnam are culturally close, and Japan’s image was exactly what I thought before coming to Japan,” he said. “It is easy to work and live here.”
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