Japan no longer very strict for language requirements

Japan has had a large number of difficulties because a requirement to enter and work in Japan is that you need a good language proficiency in either Japanese or English. That adds to the higher cost of education for would-be workers as well as makes it more difficult for people to work there.


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However, Japan has sensed this downfall as far back as 2012 (as what our agency has discovered) and in 2017, Japan has opened it’s doors to more foreigners working in the nursing and medical fields as well as lower the requirements of such workers.


This has been viewed with mostly positive results from the international community as it allows Japan more workers (Japan is currently suffering a labor shortage) and allows people who want to get jobs to actually have them. So everyone’s a winner.


However, it’s not without problems. Currently, workers must have enough ability to pass their N4 exam and if they fail the N3, they are to return to their home country effective immediately. However, since the new policy was passed, workers who failed the N3 can stay another 2 years if they are deemed sincere in their desire to stay and work in Japan.


Some superstitious people have claimed that this is karma hitting Japan back for refusing workers who failed once. And some say that this karma is nonsense.

The new visa system is also a welcome change for all parties involved because it allows people who work in all collar jobs can now stay for longer. The old visa system only meant white, blue, pink and grey collar workers and other important fields and nothing else.


The new policy is called an Intern Program and it allows all those benefits plus extra for trainees. The trainees – who often accrue large debts to work in Japan – can apply for a longer stay if their performance and sincerity are seen by authorities.


Reference: Japan to ease language requirements for foreign nursing care trainees


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