Tag - foreign-workers



Recently, Japan designated Hokkaido Prefecture (including its capital, Sapporo), Fukuoka, Tokyo and Osaka as special zones for financial and asset management businesses. Kumamoto Prefecture was also named a national strategic zone for semiconductors.
Jun 14, 2024
International social infrastructure key to Japan’s high-tech future
Across the globe there is an ongoing search for talent, especially in high-tech sectors, and Japan is no different.
Migrant workers harvest and package vegetables in a greenhouse in Gasan-myeon, South Korea, in December 2023. Though a shrinking population makes imported labor vital, migrant workers routinely face predatory employers, inhumane conditions and other abuse.
Jun 11, 2024
South Korea accused of 'human trafficking' with seasonal worker program
Filipino workers say brokers charge excessive fees to find them back-breaking work, confiscate their passports and documents, and cheat them out of wages.
Hyappu Ishikawa (left) attends to children at the "Karafuru" Japanese language school in Nishio, Aichi Prefecture, in April.
Jun 3, 2024
How one Japanese city supports foreign students through community education
In the city of Nishio, public and private sectors collaborate with schools to support foreign students in Japanese language education and raise their school enrollment rates.
Keidanren Chairman Masakazu Tokura speaks during an interview in Tokyo on May 23.
May 31, 2024
Keidanren to propose policy on foreign workers
The association will draw up a medium-term vision of the economy and society called "Future Design 2040."
Foreign technical interns work at a food processing factory in Kazo, Saitama Prefecture
May 30, 2024
OECD criticizes fees for foreign technical trainees in Japan
The OECD said that the trainee program has been used to satisfy labor demand instead of passing on skills.
Justice Minister Ryuji Koizumi speaks to reporters in Tokyo on Tuesday.
JAPAN / Politics
May 21, 2024
Japan's revised immigration bill clears Lower House
Permanent residency holders may have their status revoked if they deliberately fail to pay their taxes, impacting only those "with malicious intent."
The Lower House Judicial Affairs Committee approves legislation to introduce a new training scheme for foreign workers on Friday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
May 17, 2024
Japan parliamentary panel OKs bill on training foreign workers
It will replace the foreign technical intern program with a new training scheme to allow foreigners to work in Japan for the medium to long term.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida speaks during a meeting of the Lower House Judicial Affairs Committee on Wednesday.
JAPAN / Society
May 15, 2024
Kishida defends planned rule to revoke foreigners' residency
The bill calls for allowing the government to revoke permanent residence permits of foreigners who intentionally evade taxes or social insurance premiums.
U.S. President Joe Biden speaks in Syracuse, New York, on April 25.
JAPAN / Politics
May 2, 2024
Biden calls ally Japan ‘xenophobic’ along with rivals China and Russia
One of the reasons the U.S. economy is growing is because of immigrants, which countries like Japan shun, President Joe Biden said at a fundraising event.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshimasa Hayashi (second from left) speaks at a ministerial meeting on acceptance of foreign workers on Friday at the Prime Minister's Office.
Mar 29, 2024
Japan adds driver and railway roles to skilled foreign worker visa
Japan plans to admit up to 820,000 foreigners with this visa in the next five fiscal years
A Filipino care worker talks to an elderly resident at a hospital in Tokyo.
JAPAN / Society
Mar 23, 2024
Japan to allow foreign nationals to engage in home care services
Currently, foreign technical intern trainees and foreign workers with so-called specified skills are banned from engaging in the services.
Foreign tourists visit Sensoji Temple in the Asakusa area of Tokyo. As of the end of December, 3,410,992 foreign nationals resided in Japan, up 10.9% from the previous year.
JAPAN / Society
Mar 23, 2024
Record 3.4 million foreign residents in Japan as work visas rise
Employment-related visas saw significant growth amid the country's efforts to address its acute labor shortage.
The government plans to make children of foreign workers residing in Japan eligible for university-level scholarships under certain conditions.
JAPAN / Society
Mar 17, 2024
More foreign students set to be eligible for Japan government scholarships
The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology expects that around 500 to 1,000 students would be newly eligible for the scholarships.
Justice Minister Ryuji Koizumi speaks to reporters about the new system to train foreign workers in the parliamentary building on Friday.
Mar 15, 2024
Government OKs bill for new foreign worker training system
The new system is expected to begin as early as 2027 if the legislation is enacted.
Managing Director of Cornerstone Recruitment Japan Director Matt Nicholls says a good recruiter has tenacity, drive and can handle the ups and downs of the job.
Mar 9, 2024
Matt Nicholls: ‘People like having control over their earning potential’
A seasoned recruiter tells us why he's spent the last decade doing business in Japan and what he's learned from growing and leading multinational firms.
A Vietnamese worker picks tomatoes at a farm in Asahi, Chiba Prefecture. Japan is set to sharply increase the number of foreign nationals it accepts under its skilled worker visa, with plans to receive up to 800,000 people in the next five years.
JAPAN / Society
Mar 6, 2024
Japan considers doubling limit on skilled foreign workers
The government is said to be considering adding the road transportation, railway, forestry and timber sectors to those eligible for the visa.
A new future initiative aimed at training foreign workers is part of a broader strategy to address pressing labor shortages in Japan.
Mar 3, 2024
Japan eyes training foreign workers amid labor shortages
The proposed training system will supersede the current foreign technical internship system.
Migrant workers harvest and package vegetables in a greenhouse in Gasan-myeon, South Korea, in December.
Mar 3, 2024
South Korea needs foreign workers, but often fails to protect them
Though a shrinking population makes imported labor vital, migrant workers routinely face predatory employers, inhumane conditions and other abuse.
Prospective foreign vocational school graduates who finish education ministry-accredited academic courses will be granted “technology, humanities and international affairs” residence status intended for white-collar workers such as engineers, interpreters and designers, even if their jobs don’t necessarily relate to what they have studied.
Feb 29, 2024
Japan eases residency rules for foreign graduates of vocational schools
The relaxation of rules is aimed at retaining highly skilled professionals amid a chronic labor shortage.
The Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau in 2018
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 20, 2024
Japan considers revoking permanent resident status of tax dodgers
Immigration authorities are considering revoking the residency status of foreign permanent residents who evade or repeatedly delay paying their taxes.


Tokashiki Beach acts as a sanctuary for sea turtles and offers ideal snorkeling waters. It was also the site of the U.S. Army’s preliminary invasion that led to the 1945 Battle of Okinawa, which resulted in the deaths of nearly 150,000 people.
On Okinawa's Tokashiki Island, life's a beach — one of the best in the world