Japan to hire 60,000 foreigners. As Long as You’re a Nurse

photo credit to: Japan’s nursing care businesses are expected to accept up to 60,000 foreign workers over five years, the highest number among 14 industrial sectors facing labor shortages that will be subject to proposed changes of the immigration law, the government said Wednesday.   Disclosing a number of estimates to the ruling and

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November 16, 2018

Mitsubishi compensates Chinese Forced Labor during WWII

Mitsubishi Materials Corp. is in the final stages of setting up a fund that will be used to pay compensation to thousands of Chinese people forced to labor in Japan during World War II, it was learned Sunday.   The fund represents the final hurdle in a settlement that the Japanese company reached with the

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November 7, 2018

Japan allows more foreign workers. Then again…..

The envisaged creation of a new visa program to accept foreign workers may help ease Japan’s serious labor crunch that looks set to get worse in coming years amid the rapid aging of its society.   For a country known for keeping a firm grip on immigration, however, the challenges are manifold, ranging from social

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November 5, 2018

Labor Saving Machines are Taking over Japan

The machinery sector is striving to develop labor-saving technology with artificial intelligence and connected devices to help firms cope with labor shortages in industries from construction and natural resource development to electronic parts manufacturing.   Major Japanese machinery makers such as Komatsu Ltd. and Fanuc Corp. gathered earlier this month at an electronics show near

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October 31, 2018

Japan and the labor crisis. Will opening doors solve the problem?

Tokyo’s Koto area is just waking up when a Vietnamese national along with his four Vietnamese colleagues arrive at the construction site at 6:30. A small group of Japanese colleagues go with them everyday to work and they spend the day moving heavy wooden planks and pouring concrete for a seven-story condo building.   Immigration

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June 6, 2018

Japan to welcome half million foreign workers for labor shortage

Japan is finally opening its job market and the Japanese government decided Tuesday to welcome half a million foreign workers through to 2025 to compensate for the labor shortage in Japan’s specialized industries.   Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s new economic policy will outline the plan in detail and is due in mid-June with legal revisions,

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June 4, 2018

Japan eyes new residency status for foreign workers

Japan is creating a new residency status for foreign technical interns as part of efforts to tackle severe labor shortages.   The status allows those who have completed a five-year foreign worker technical training program and those who have met stringent requirements to stay and work for five more years.   The government will incorporate

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April 16, 2018
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Foreign worker fatalities show worker exploitation in Japan

Incidents in Japan related to work killed 22 foreign workers over three-years, from 2014 to 2017, reflecting the risk that foreign workers brought here could face extremely dangerous conditions. While the causes of deaths of the 22 workers were caused by accidents, one was the result of overworked labor.     Over the 3 year period, there were

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January 17, 2018
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Japan Accepts Foreign Trainees As Nursing Care Regulars

Japan’s labor ministry will now allow foreign caregiver trainees to become regular employees of nursing care facilities after a six-month working period. The decision is brought forth to cater to the increasing number of elderly patients and residents.   The added manpower will enable nursing care facilities to accommodate more residents under the ministry ordinance that stipulates requirements

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November 6, 2017
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Japan’s New Foreign Trainees’ Work Law Has Penal Regulations

Japan is increasing its efforts to entice foreign vocational trainees after tougher new laws took effect last November 1. The new laws is expected to eliminate abuse by employers through misusing the Technical Intern Training Programs in order to obtain cheap labor amid domestic manpower constraints.     An official of the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry who

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October 27, 2017