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Akihiko Tanaka (center) attends a meeting on the foreign technical trainee and skilled workers program at the Justice Ministry on Friday.
JAPAN / Society
Nov 30, 2023
Panel submits final report on Japan's foreign trainee program
After roughly a year of meetings, the cumulative report contains recommendations on a newly designed policy.
Akina Shu has visited around 50 countries as a speaker and ambassador on the digital nomad lifestyle since 2020.
JAPAN / Society / FOCUS
Nov 27, 2023
Japan is enticing for digital nomads, but visa hurdles remain
While the country does not offer a digital nomad visa, the government is working on introducing one sometime in 2024.
Technical trainees from Vietnam work at a knitwear factory in Mitsuke, Niigata Prefecture.
Nov 25, 2023
Japan's new foreign trainee program to enhance rights protection
Originally designed to transfer skills to developing countries, the program has long been criticized as a cover for firms to import inexpensive labor.
British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly and Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa meet on the sidelines of a Group of Seven meeting in Tokyo on Nov. 7.
Nov 13, 2023
Japan and Britain to expand working holiday opportunities
Japan's quota will be expanded sixfold from the current 1,000, while the British quota will be increased fourfold from the current 1,500.
Currently, if foreign nationals hope to obtain a residence status enabling them to start a business, they must secure a place of business and have two or more full-time employees or a capital fund of at least ¥5 million ($33,000).
Oct 30, 2023
Japan mulls eased residency requirements for foreign entrepreneurs
Foreign nationals may be allowed to stay for two years if they have certified business plans and even if they do not have a place of business or capital.
A government expert panel meeting on foreign technical trainee and skilled workers Wednesday at the Justice Ministry
JAPAN / Society
Oct 18, 2023
Japan panel compiles new system for foreign technical interns
The report clearly states that the new system is aimed at “securing and developing human resources in fields facing labor shortages.”
Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Tetsuo Saito
JAPAN / Society
Oct 10, 2023
Japan to add driving to specified foreign worker skills
"We'll make various efforts to ensure that local residents and tourists have access to necessary means of transportation," minister Tetsuo Saito said.
Japan began issuing short-term stay visas online in March in 11 countries and regions, with China added to the system in June.
JAPAN / Society
Sep 24, 2023
Japan looks to promote electronic visas amid tourism recovery
The Foreign Ministry began the online service in March in 11 countries and regions, with China added to the system in June.
Delivery trucks at a parking area along the highway in Chiba Prefecture in April
JAPAN / Society
Sep 14, 2023
Japan set to expand visa framework to tackle driver shortage
The planned expansion of the visa framework is to attract foreign nationals to the logistics industries and to address the driver shortage problem.
The Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau in Tokyo
JAPAN / Society
Aug 21, 2023
Japan plans to move some residency applications online by 2025
The expansion of online services is part of the Immigration Agency's efforts to meet the Digital Agency’s plan of achieving a “digital society” by 2025.
Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Prime Minister Fumio Kishida have agreed on Japan's visa exemption for Brazilian visitors during their summit in May.
Aug 10, 2023
Japan to give Brazilians visa-free entry for short stays
Japan will allow Brazilian tourists to visit the country on short stays without visas starting Sept. 30, the government said Thursday, creating a reciprocal entry exemption between the two nations following a summit earlier this year.
Foreign entertainers are now permitted to work in event venues with a capacity of more than 100 people — including standing-only establishments — that sell food and drinks.
JAPAN / Society
Aug 1, 2023
Japan loosens requirements for entertainer visas
Entertainers earning more than ¥500,000 or more per day are now able to stay for up to 30 days, an increase from 15 days.
Japan Times
Jul 19, 2023
Japan loses No. 1 spot in powerful passport rankings
Japan, which had occupied the No. 1 position for five straight years, fell to third place in the latest quarterly report of the Henley Passport Index.
Japan Times
Jun 17, 2023
Japan issued 1.3 million visas in 2022, up fourteenfold as COVID curbs eased
While last year's total is still far from the pre-pandemic record high of 8.28 million in 2019, the number is expected to continue to rise.
Japan Times
Jun 14, 2023
Japan's business world welcomes foreign worker status expansion
It remains unclear whether the visa expansion will lead to an increase in foreign workers who plan stay in Japan for the long term.
Japan Times
Jun 10, 2023
Japan faces headwinds in drawing foreign workers despite visa change
The country faces strong competition as an attractive workplace amid a weakening yen and rival Asian locations such as Taiwan and South Korea, which have fewer visa requirements.
Japan Times
Jun 9, 2023
Japan's Cabinet OKs expansion of skilled worker visa eligibility
The No. 2 category, which brings much improved residency conditions, is set to be expanded to nine more industries by this fall.
Japan Times
Jun 7, 2023
Japan to offer permanent residency for fourth-generation descendants
Fourth-generation individuals age 18 to 35 will be allowed to enter Japan for the first time under the program if they have conversational speaking ability.
Japan Times
May 23, 2023
LDP approves plan to expand scope of skilled worker visa
Under the plan, the government will increase the number of sectors able to grant foreign workers a special status that effectively grants them permanent residency.
Japan Times
Apr 28, 2023
Ministry panel outlines proposals for scrapping Japan's foreign intern program
The interim report says program participants should be allowed to switch jobs and eventually be able to move to a visa allowing an indefinite stay in Japan.


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