Relaxed Requirements Under the First Category of Specified Skilled Worker Visa

Last April 2019, the National Diet or Legislature of Japan implemented a major change in the immigration policies of Japan which used to provide stringent requirements for foreign nationals who aspire to land a job in the country. Based on the amended immigration control act, a new residence visa status is introduced under the “Specified Skilled Worker Visa.”
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Specified Skilled Worker Visa Comes In Two Categories

Known to many countries across the globe, the Land of the Rising Sun is currently experiencing a workforce setback as a result of its aging population and low birth rate over the years. Consequently, quite a number of industries and sectors in Japan are highly affected by the issues on chronic labor shortage.   The fourteen identified fields
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Japanese Government Seeks to Attract More Skilled Workers In Fourteen Identified Sectors

In view of Japan’s shrinking and aging population as a result of the country’s low birth rate and a decline in inward migration, various sectors and industries in the Land of the Rising Sun are currently suffering from chronic labor shortage. Among these establishments, fourteen specific sectors are said to suffer the worst form of workforce setback as
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Specified Skilled Worker Visa Paves Way for Less Educated Foreigners to Work in Japan

With the current labor problems that Japan is dealing with as a consequence of its aging population and low birth rate, the Japanese government is aiming to implement measures to address the shortage of manpower in their country. One of the most important steps that the National Diet or Legislature undertook last April 2019 was the amendment of
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Experts Suggest Sharing Household Work and Childcare Between Spouses to Increase Birthrate in Japan

Known to many international countries across the globe, the Land of the Rising Sun is regarded as one of the nations with the longest life span. As a result, the country has an aging population with low birth rate. This led to the current issues on labor shortage in Japan which eventually prompted the government to amend its
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Traditional Japanese Dolls Incorporated with Pikachu Inspired Design

Japan is home to some of most sought after animation series and iconic characters popularized by various manga or comics. Hundreds of thousands of anime lovers and gaming enthusiasts from different parts of the world look forward to visiting the Land of the Rising Sun not only to explore the beautiful sightseeing spots in the country, experience its
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SDF officer reprimanded for insulting lawmaker

The Japanese Ministry of Defense sanctioned a senior Self-Defense Forces officer for insulting a Diet member on a street on Tuesday while he was off duty. A report concluded that his act degraded the dignity an SDF member, let alone officer, should maintain.   The incident raised doubts about civilian control of the SDF being

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May 9, 2018

Japan’s SDF dispatch to U.S. Okinawa base hits rock bottom

Japan’s plan to send SDF forces to a U.S.M.C. base in Okinawa after a U.S. helicopter accident earlier this year was inconvenienced due to U.S. reluctance.   The move to send SDF forces to U.S.M.C. Air Station Futenma was intended to allay safety concerns instigated by a torrent of emergency landings involving U.S. military helicopters

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May 7, 2018

Japan’s Constitution revision sits far as scandals take away support

Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, reiterated his push for a revision of the Constitution to formalize the legal status of the Self-Defense Forces on Thursday.   Despite his dream to revise the charter, increased activity of a string of recent scandals have paralyzed the Diet and has now dominated domestic headlines.     Abe’s message

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May 4, 2018

Trump talked out of pulling U.S. troops from South Korea

John Kelly, the Chief of Staff at the White House, persuaded U.S. President Donald Trump to not withdraw U.S. troops from the Korean Peninsula ahead of the February Winter Olympics in South Korea. This was announced mere weeks ahead of a planned summit with Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump sometime in June.   NBC

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May 2, 2018

Kim Jong-Un to Abe: We need to talk

North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, said he was ready to hold dialogue with Japan at any time during the inter-Korean summit that Pyongyang and Seoulsaid on Sunday (April 29).   Mr Kim Eui Kyeom, spokesman for South Korean President Moon Jae In, said that Mr Moon had a 45 minute phone call with Japanese

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April 30, 2018

Kim and Moon meet in rare inter-Korean summit

In 1953, the Korean War ended in an armistice. However, after 65 years, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will become the first NoKor leader to set foot on South Korean soil when he’ll cross the DMZ on Friday for an historic summit with Moon Jae-in, South Korea’s counterpart.   The meeting will likely be

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April 27, 2018

Japanese Vice Finance Minister resigns for sexual harassment charges

Japanese Finance Ministry’s top bureaucrat resigned over sexual harassment allegations, with criticism mounting about the government’s response to the scandal.   Vice Finance Minister, Junichi Fukuda, denied the accusations but give up his post, claiming that his duties were becoming difficult and unbearable to perform all while the controversy broke out.   Opposition parties took

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April 25, 2018

Japan’s media is riddled with sexual harassment scandals

The #MeToo movement was initially slow to spread in Japan but is now quickly gaining ground.   The latest source of debate is a journalist, claiming a top figure in the Finance Ministry sexually harassed her. The woman, who wishes to have her identity withheld, told her story to the Shukan Shinco, a weekly magazine,

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April 23, 2018

US and Japan metal tariff exemption is almost non-existent

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump remained at a stalemate on trade issues on Wednesday after two days of talks. The two leaders said they had agreed to begin discussions on what they called “free, fair and reciprocal” trade.   Speaking at a joint news conference at Trump’s Mar-a- Lago resort

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April 20, 2018
Japan’s Internal Affairs Minister Seiko Noda speaks at a news conference in Tokyo, Japan August 3, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Japan lawmakers question sexual harassment probe

Cabinet ministers and other lawmakers questioned the Finance Ministry’s handling into a sexual harassment probe. The allegations were made by female reporters against Junichi Fukuda, a top government official, after the ministry asked the reporters to come forward and speak to lawyers.   Seiko Noda, an internal affairs minister, said that it’s a hurdle for

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April 18, 2018