Tag - foreign-workers



Dec 10, 2015
Foreign students and workers back life in Japan, but say work for local firms 'unappealing'
Japan is overwhelmingly an appealing place to live, but the experience of working for Japanese companies is not as alluring, according to a new survey of foreign students and workers.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society / FOCUS
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 to expect.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Dec 4, 2015
Yokohama association helps foreigners overcome language barrier, fit in
The Yokohama Association for International Communications and Exchanges lends a helping hand to foreigners who want to learn Japanese and become part of the community — a service essential to those struggling to survive in a land far away from home.
Dec 1, 2015
Japan's foreign temp workers need ways to blow off steam
Life is tough enough for migrant workers who travel to Japan for employment. So pity those who lack a support network to help them through health care matters, workplace stress and general blowing off steam.
Japan Times
Oct 26, 2015
Plan to hire more foreign housekeepers no easy chore, say industry players
The role of housekeepers has come under the spotlight as the government looks to them to provide working mothers with help at home as one way to prop up the nation's dwindling workforce.
Sep 10, 2015
Workforce promotion panel: Extend foreign resident visa limit, put elderly, married women to work
Japan should extend the maximum period foreign nationals can stay in the country to eight years from the current cap of five to secure highly skilled workers, and boost jobs by 5 million by creating an environment that encourages the elderly and married women to take up jobs, a government advisory panel...
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 4, 2015
Nepalese jobs broker advised compatriots to submit false asylum applications
The 30-year-old encouraged his compatriots to abuse a system that allows foreigners to work for six months after applying for refugee status, according to Justice Ministry officials.
Japan Times
Jan 27, 2015
Foreign nursing care workers to be invited to Japan under intern program
The health ministry has approved a plan to include nursing care under the technical intern training program for foreigners to help increase the number of foreign care workers and solve a labor shortage in Japan's aging society.
Jan 24, 2015
Japan looks to accept more foreign nursing care workers to resolve labor shortage
The health ministry released a draft plan Friday to include nursing care under the technical intern training program for foreigners to help increase foreign care workers and resolve related labor shortages in Japan.
Japan Times
Dec 22, 2014
Short-staffed hospitals laud Vietnam trainees
Amid an acute labor shortage, well-trained nurses from several Asian countries are bringing favorable changes to hospitals here.
Oct 25, 2014
Keidanren gets behind push to increase foreign workers
Japan should accept more foreign workers to address labor shortages in the economy and sustain growth, the head of the country's largest business lobby said Friday.
JAPAN / Society
Oct 10, 2014
Plans adopted to import foreign housekeepers in name of female empowerment
The government on Friday adopted a set of proposals to lure more foreign housekeeping professionals and establish a new system for regional nursery staff as part of efforts to promote women's participation in the economy.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Aug 20, 2014
Debate on foreigner voting rights reignites ahead of 2020 Olympics
The debate over voting rights for non-Japanese residents is flaring up again, amid a drive to attract more foreign workers ahead of the Tokyo Summer Olympics in 2020.
Japan Times
Jul 20, 2014
Few biting so far on special visa for workers
Indefinite stay, ramped-up privileges so far failing to attract highly skilled foreign workers said to be key to the nation's economic revival.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 16, 2014
Nursing care provider drops death liability waiver for Filipino workers
A nursing care service provider is no longer requiring its Filipino employees to promise in writing to absolve the company of responsibility for their death, sources said Tuesday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 13, 2014
Filipino caregivers sign away their rights
A nursing-care services provider is requiring Filipino job applicants to sign a form absolving the firm of responsibility if they die in Japan.
Jun 23, 2014
Foreign maids the talk of Kansai zone
Discussions began in Osaka on Monday on a proposed special economic zone in the Kansai region that will include an experimental program to attract foreign maids to the region.
Jun 11, 2014
Bill clears Diet to let skilled foreigners stay longer in Japan
A revised immigration law will allow foreigners with advanced skills to stay in the country indefinitely, and simplify passport control procedures for foreign tourists.
Jun 10, 2014
Panel calls for traineeship shake-up
The Justice Ministry is looking at ways to reform the long-criticized foreign trainee program, including whether to boost penalties for employers abuse trainees.
BUSINESS / Economy
Jun 10, 2014
Government to set up headquarters to coordinate foreign worker pool
The government plans to set up a headquarters within the Cabinet to work out measures by the end of fiscal 2015 for accepting more foreign workers in Japan, according to a draft schedule for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's new growth strategy.


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