Tag - foreign-workers



Japan Times
Aug 23, 2018
Narita airport hires more foreign workers as number of inbound visitors grows
Due to language barriers it can take Japanese staff more time to conduct inspections, while many locals are put off by the hard work and long hours airport jobs entail.
Japan Times
Jul 25, 2018
Japan faces challenges as it moves to accept more foreign workers
Japan's move toward opening its doors to more foreign workers is widely seen as a must to better cope with an expected shrinkage in the working population.
Japan Times
Jul 24, 2018
Abe asks Cabinet to speed up work on program to accept more foreign workers
The prime minister told his Cabinet to speed up preparations for a plan that will effectively open the door to blue-collar laborers.
Japan Times
Jul 17, 2018
Is Japan a land of contradictions or opportunities for immigration?
One could argue that there is no other country than Japan in the world today that has all the right conditions to welcome economic migrants.
Jun 22, 2018
Take steps to attract more foreign workers
The government has taken a step in the right direction by creating a new visa status for unskilled foreign laborers.
Jun 18, 2018
To counter overstayers, Japan plans new surveillance system to manage foreign residents' data
Japan plans to set up a system to centrally manage information on foreign residents to prevent overstayers from growing as the national labor crunch worsens, officials said.
Japan Times
Jun 9, 2018
Undocumented workers in Japan in a constant state of uncertainty
People who live in a state of daily desperation sometimes react to their circumstances with violence against others or themselves and, while such actions are a manifestation of frustration, they can also alert the larger world to that frustration, even if it wasn't intended.
Japan Times
May 30, 2018
Government mulls easing restrictions on foreign workers
The government may allow 500,000 low-skilled foreign workers entry to the country for a maximum of five years though fiscal 2025 as a part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's new economic policy outline expected to be released in mid-June, according to sources.
Japan Times
Apr 12, 2018
Japan looks to offer longer stays for technical interns, with caveats it hopes will limit immigration debate
The government is weighing the creation of a new residence status allowing those on the program to stay longer in the country, as part of efforts to tackle labor shortages.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Regional voices: Chubu
Mar 12, 2018
Aichi farm machinery firm taps foreign talent in the region to drive overseas sales
Kohshin Engineering Co., which produces and sells agricultural equipment for poultry farming, has successfully expanded its overseas sales by hiring foreign employees.
Jan 27, 2018
Japan sees foreign workers climb to record 1.28 million as labor crunch continues
Japan's population of foreign workers has grown 18 percent on year, led by Chinese and a surge in Vietnamese entrants.
Japan Times
Jan 9, 2018
About 40 percent of foreign workers feel discriminated against at Japanese firms, survey finds
Around 40 percent of white-collar foreign workers in Japan feel discriminated against in their offices due to their nationality or gender, according to a survey by private human resources company Adecco Ltd.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / Japan Pulse
Dec 30, 2017
Debate grows over the plight of foreign staff at convenience stores in Japan
Launched in 1993, Japan's Technical Internship Training Program for foreign nationals hasn't had the best reputation. The program was created to help visitors from developing nations live and work in Japan for as long as three years under the protective umbrella of Japan's labor laws.
Japan Times
Nov 21, 2017
Japan ranks dead last in Asia for top foreign talent
In a survey measuring appeal to highly skilled foreign employees, the nation fell behind countries including Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia.
Nov 11, 2017
Revamped foreign trainee system
The government should be very wary about expanding the trouble-plagued foreign vocational trainee system.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Oct 30, 2017
Yokohama doctor likens Japan's foreign vocational trainee system to 'slavery'
A Japanese doctor is warning Vietnamese considering traveling to Japan to work as vocational trainees to think twice, saying the system amounts to "slavery" and uses the country's positive image to take advantage of those who enroll.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Oct 20, 2017
Despite growing presence, foreign residents' needs treated as accidental election issue
Despite the growing influx of foreign workers and residents in Japan, their perspectives have been largely ignored ahead of Sunday's Lower House election, according to the director of a nonprofit organization that supports immigrant children and youths in the country.
Japan Times
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.
Japan Times
May 18, 2017
Shiga city offers Spanish, Portuguese classes for children of migrant families
A public-private program has been underway in a Shiga Prefecture city to teach Spanish or Portuguese to children of migrants from Latin America working at local manufacturing plants.
Japan Times
Feb 11, 2017
Foreign workers: Should they stay or should they go?
As the rest of the world debated the ramifications of U.S. President Donald Trump's travel ban on persons from seven Muslim-majority countries last week, Japan was notably silent.


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