Japan’s efforts to attract young Asian workers

Avatar of Nick John By Nick John Dec18,2023 #Asian #efforts #Japan
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Watcharainthorn Khamkherd works in the town of Beppu on the southern island of Kyushu, Japan.

Watcharainthorn Khamkherd, a 23-year-old Thai man, came to the hot spring town of Beppu on the southern island of Kyushu, Japan to start a business.

The company, called Steqqi, produces promotional videos for Japanese businesses wishing to expand their market in Asia.

Hoping to reverse the decline of the local economy, the town of Beppu openly welcomes young people from many Asian countries to settle down.

Since taking office in 2012, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has applied many measures to attract foreign human resources to revive the aging economy.

In 2017, Prime Minister Abe’s administration applied the `green card` program, granting permanent residency cards to high-skilled workers for a period of one year.

In December 2018, Japan for the first time passed a bill to accept foreign workers in manual occupations, while also opening up for these unskilled workers the opportunity for long-term residence.

Japan's efforts to attract young Asian workers

Japanese parliamentarians debated during a working session on December 8, 2018 to consider a draft law to relax regulations on migrant workers.

Young, hard-working and ambitious workers from all over Asia flock to Japan, becoming hope for an economy seriously lacking in human resources, especially in the agricultural and construction industries.

`Young and enthusiastic employees brave enough to work abroad inject a new source of energy into companies,` said Susumu Nagahashi, director of a group specializing in recruiting highly skilled foreign workers.

However, within the Japanese government, there is not complete consensus with Prime Minister Abe’s plan.

Prime Minister Abe believes that foreign workers will help the Japanese economy return to stable growth.

`We need to break the traditional way of thinking,` Prime Minister Abe declared.

One of the biggest obstacles to the Japanese economy is the lack of human resources.

Despite initiatives to encourage women and the elderly to enter the labor market, September 2018 data showed that the ratio of applicants to the number of jobs in Japan was 1.64, meaning there were only 100 jobs.

Japan's efforts to attract young Asian workers

Half of the students studying at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in the town of Beppu are foreign students.

Song Tao, a Chinese national, is responsible for developing business plans in foreign markets for Marubishi trading company.

The biggest difficulty for foreign workers is the language barrier.

In addition, having a job in Japan does not necessarily mean the opportunity to `settle down`.

Long-term residence conditions in Japan for unskilled workers are even stricter, causing many domestic workers or construction workers to prefer Singapore, China, Malaysia and many other countries in the region.

Although it is undeniable that living conditions and salaries in Japan are higher than the general level, many workers still choose Singapore or China, economic centers in the region that attract international human resources.

Experts comment that the biggest weakness is slow change.

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