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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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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

Japan sees more teens using Marijuana in 2017 than in 2013

Japanese Police cracked down on 3,008 people in cases involving marijuana in 2017, up 472 from the previous year.   The National Police Agency data showed on Thursday that more people, particularly teens, are using marijuana amid toughened measures on restrictions on kiken (dangerous) drugs.   The number of individuals that came to police attention

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April 13, 2018
Passengers are seen in front of security check at the Tokyo International Airport, commonly known as Haneda Airport, in Tokyo, Japan January 10, 2018. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Japan and the Diet meeting approve ¥1,000 departure tax law

A recent bill that was passed specifies how revenue from a ¥1,000 departure tax will be used has been enacted by the Diet on Tuesday, as the government looks to boost tourism despite the number of foreign visitors increasing.   All travelers, both locals and foreigners, who leave the nation by plane or ship will

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April 11, 2018

Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force now has Marines

The Ground Self-Defense Force has marked a milestone through first dedicated amphibious fighting unit, better known as a Marine Corps, long deemed to be too offensive to possess under the country’s postwar defensive security policy.   The Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade, modelled after the U.S. Marine Corps, is a new force and facing challenges to

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April 9, 2018

Visa system extension for foreign Japanese

  A new program for ethnic Japanese between 18 and 30 who have basic Japanese skills equivalent to the N4 level of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test are required to have support from people they know in Japan like family members or employers, who can get in touch with them on a monthly basis.  

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April 6, 2018

NoKor won’t talk about Japanese and SoKor abductees

North Korean leader, Kim Jong-Un, has ordered government agencies not to negotiate on the issue of Japanese abductees and issued a direct order not to take up, hold dialogue, or negotiate over the issue of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korean agents in the past decades.   Choi Sung-Yong, the head of a group supporting

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April 4, 2018
In this photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, right, talks to members of the South Korean artistic group, including the South’s pop legends and popular girl band Red Velvet, after their performance in East Pyongyang Grand Theater in Pyongyang, North Korea, Sunday, April 1, 2018. Kim clapped his hands as he, along with his wife and hundreds of other citizens, watched a rare performance Sunday by South Korean pop stars visiting Pyongyang, highlighting the thawing ties between the rivals after years of heightened tensions over the North’s nuclear program. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: “KCNA” which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

K-pop and Diplomacy in the Korean Peninsula

K-pop girl band, Red Velvet, is about to face what may be its toughest audience yet: North Korea.     The chart-topping South Korean girl group will perform on Sunday with 10 other South Korean music groups at the first of two concerts this week held in Pyongyang. It is the latest advance in SoKor’s

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April 2, 2018

Japanese high school girls quit school due to pregnancies

High school students in Japan showing signs of pregnancy in school years 2015 and 2016 dropped out of school forcibly or voluntarily.   The Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology found that there were 2,098 pregnancies among high school students during the two-year period.     Of the 2,098 cases discovered, 32

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March 30, 2018
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Diet meeting land sale scandal

Sagawa was summoned as a Diet meeting witness to testify about the details regarding the tampering of documents related to the sale of government-owned property in Osaka Prefecture to nationalist school operator Moritomo Gakuen. As head of the Finance Ministry’s Financial Bureau at the time the documents were altered, everyone waited eagerly for his reply.     The former

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March 28, 2018
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North Korea and Denuclearization

Former U.S. President, Barrack Obama, noted that past efforts on Iran’s nuclear weapons were more successful than with North Korea because there was more economic leverage.   The former U.S. President said recently that negotiations with North Korea on its nuclear weapons program are difficult. One reason is because the country’s isolationist policy minimizes leverage. These include trade and

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March 26, 2018