Potential Foreign Nationals to Work In the Accommodation Industry Must at Least Possess Conversational Japanese Skills

The Land of the Rising Sun is one of the fastest growing tourist destinations not only in Asia but all over the world. Year in and year out, the country particularly its capital city, Tokyo welcomes hundreds of thousands of tourists and travel enthusiast across Japan and all over the world. These tourists look forward to go sightseeing, experience the country’s unique culture, hospitable accommodation and to try out the wide selection of iconic and delicious Japanese cuisines.


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With the surge of both local and foreign tourists in the country, Japan is in need of more and more work force in the accommodation industry. There various types of accommodation in the country that are truly attractive to many travel enthusiasts such as but not limited to capsule motels, bed and book cafes as well as themed hotels that stimulate the interest of the guests.


However, the accommodation industry is one of the fourteen industries that are identified to experience the worst forms of labor issues as a consequence of Japan’s aging population, low birth rate and vast decline in inward migration. In this regard, the Japanese government through its national legislature amended the stringent immigration policies of the country that regulates foreigners who wish to work and lived in Japan.


Based on the new immigration policy, a new category known as “Specified Skilled Worker Visa” may be availed of by interested foreign nationals who aspire to land a job in any of the fourteen sectors. The abovementioned list of fourteen sectors that are deemed to suffer the most serious labor problems include Care worker, Building Cleaning Management, Machine Parts & Tooling Industry, Industrial Machinery Manufacturing Industry, Electric, Electronic and Information Industries, Construction Industry, Shipbuilding and Ship Machinery Industry, Automobile Repair and Maintenance, Aviation Industry, Accommodation Industry, Agriculture Fishery and Aquaculture as well as Food and Beverage production.


The accommodation industry clearly belongs to said list. However, it is necessary to make sure those potential foreign nationals who will work in Japanese hotels and other forms of accommodation have at least a conversational level in Japanese language skills.


Reference: Specified Skilled Visa


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