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Japan Times
JAPAN
May 30, 2020
Japan's new labor visas fall far short of goal for first year
The government's projections were too optimistic, and the economic damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic isn't helping either.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
May 19, 2020
Foreign residents stranded abroad by Japan's coronavirus controls
Japan is the only Group of Seven member denying entry to long-term and permanent residents, and has set no clear criteria for their return.
Japan Times
JAPAN
May 12, 2020
Those with Japan visas expiring in July get extra three months to renew
The Immigration Services Agency of Japan said Tuesday it will give foreign nationals with periods of stay expiring in July a three-month extension to renew, in a bid to alleviate congestion at immigration counters amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 21, 2020
Japan to extend visa suspensions until end of May as virus spreads
Foreign travelers have almost completely stopped coming to Japan, with government data for March showing a 93 percent drop from a year earlier.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Apr 1, 2020
Stranded tourists flock to Tokyo immigration bureau already overwhelmed by seasonal rush
Scores of foreign nationals queued up at the Tokyo Regional Immigration Services Bureau on Wednesday, as tourists unable to return home — after international flights from Japan were suspended due to COVID-19 — added to the typical numbers attending the bureau.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 20, 2020
Coronavirus slowing immigration procedures for labor-hungry Japan firms
Businesses reliant on a foreign blue-collar workforce are struggling to fill openings as the coronavirus pandemic slows immigration procedures to a crawl both in Japan and abroad.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 7, 2020
South Korea suspends visas for Japanese in tit-for-tat coronavirus curbs
The bilateral feud begins anew after Japan asks Korean visitors to self-quarantine upon arrival.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 8, 2020
Holders of new Japan working visas surge past 1,600, but still way off target
Japan set up the new visas to attract more blue-collar workers from overseas to address its acute labor shortage.
JAPAN
Jan 31, 2020
Number of foreign workers in Japan totals record 1.66 million
Chinese accounted for a quarter of the total with 418,327, followed by 401,326 Vietnamese and 179,685 Filipinos, the labor ministry says.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 30, 2020
Japan to cast net wider after sluggish start for blue-collar visa program
Less than 2,000 have obtained working permits under the program, a low figure given that Japan was expecting to draw 40,000 in the first year.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 21, 2020
Japan's new visa system on track to fall far short of target
The government is likely to fall far short of its target of issuing work permits under a new visa system to 340,000 non-Japanese over the next five years to alleviate acute labor shortages in 14 sectors.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 7, 2020
Japan to develop app that can detect if foreign nationals' residence cards are fake
The app will read data stored in the IC chip embedded in the cards and confirm whether the data matches information listed on the cards.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / JUST BE CAUSE
Jan 6, 2020
'Low IQ' kids, parental rights and problematic terminology dogged Japan's international community in 2019
Of the issues non-Japanese had to deal with in the past year (and even the past decade), some were major news stories and some fell quietly into the cracks.
JAPAN
Dec 24, 2019
Japan inks memorandum with Pakistan on import of skilled labor
Japan and Pakistan signed a memorandum of cooperation on Monday aimed at paving the way for skilled Pakistani workers to work in Japan, the Japanese Embassy said.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Aug 21, 2019
Japan revoked record number of visas in 2018 as authorities stepped up crackdown
Immigration authorities revoked a record 832 visas in 2018, more than double the figure of a year earlier, Justice Ministry data showed Monday.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 15, 2019
First exam held in Japan for foreign nationals seeking new working visas
Gearing up to accept more foreign workers under a pair of new visas launched earlier this month, Japan held its first qualifying exam Sunday for applicants in the country.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Help Wanted?
Mar 31, 2019
Foreign workers are on the way, but are Japanese businesses ready?
A new visa program designed to lure more workers to Japan takes effect Monday, and government officials and industry leaders hope two new types will help alleviate the national labor shortage.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 29, 2019
Probe reveals 759 cases of suspected abuse and 171 deaths of foreign trainees in Japan
The Justice Ministry's probe into the Technical Intern Training Program confirms growing concerns about a link between the trainees' working conditions and their growing disappearances from companies.
JAPAN
Mar 26, 2019
Japan and Nepal sign government-to-government labor pact
Nepal has signed a memorandum of cooperation to send to Japan "specified skilled" workers for the first time.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 23, 2019
Nursing skill tests for new visa expected to start in Vietnam and Philippines
The government is considering holding the first skills tests for foreign nationals hoping to work in the Japan's nursing sector under new visa categories in Vietnam and the Philippines, sources with knowledge of the matter said Tuesday.

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