Despite New Immigration Law, Few Japanese Companies Plan to Hire Foreign Workers

by Admin on May 30, 2019

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In an attempt to remedy its aging population, Japan passed new immigration laws liberalizing and incentivizing the hiring of foreign workers.

Despite the changes, most Japanese companies (one in four to be exact) have expressed that they do not plan to hire foreign workers, according to a Reuters Corporate Survey.

On top of that, of the few firms who do decide to hire foreigners, most stated that they would not help them resettle by finding them housing or helping them learning Japanese.

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In the past, Japan had strict controls on allowing companies to employ foreign workers, mostly due to a widely held cultural attitude that favors homogeneity to immigration on the island nation.

Now though, Japan’s workforce is dwindling rapidly due to an aging population that has forced the country to adopt new immigration laws that open its borders to foreign labor.

The changes to Japanese immigration policy looked to attract blue-collar workers to the country, but the language barrier, costs of training, and difficulties of permanent stays for foreign employees are still scaring employers off from the idea.

As of now, Japan has 1.63 jobs available per job seeker.

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