Majority of Japanese Citizens Agree to Enhance Living Conditions of Foreign Workers in Japan

The Land of the Rising Sun is currently experiencing an influx of foreign travel enthusiasts across different parts of the globe. It is one of the fastest growing tourist destinations not only in Asia but all over the world. Amidst the tourism boom, Japan is also suffering from chronic labor shortage as a result of its aging population due to low birth rate and a vast decline in inward migration.

 

After the amendment of its immigration policies that seeks to relax some of its rules that provide for stringent visa requirements for foreigners, a lot of government surveys were also conducted to determine the decision of majority of Japanese citizens when it comes to welcoming foreign residents.

 

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Based on the latest surveys, around seventy five percent of Japanese citizens are in favor of accepting more and more foreign residents in the country. In fact, they encourage business and commercial establishments to be more open in accepting foreign nationals who are seeking for employment in Japan. However, these Japanese respondents also expressed that the government should also be extra careful in allowing foreign refugees to enter their country.

 

In order to entice more foreign nationals in Japan, around seventy four percent of the Japanese respondents expressed that they need to be improve the living conditions for foreign immigrants. To help them integrate into Japanese daily living, it is vital for the citizens to be more hospitable to these foreign nationals and to address their common concerns in relation to medical treatment, child care, legal aid to guarantee safe working environments and of course when it comes to multilingual openness in view of the language barriers in the country.

 

Since the revised immigration law aspires to open more and more doors of employment opportunities for foreign workers in Japan over the next five years, the Cabinet of Japan deems it necessary to conduct the said government survey in order to make sure that foreign workers can easily assimilate into the culture and society of Japan and that the citizens of their country will welcome them with utmost hospitability.

 

Reference: Around 75% of Japanese see need to make nation more hospitable for foreign residents, government survey shows

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