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Tactically allowing foreign workers, Japan denies calling it ‘immigration’

Tactically allowing foreign workers, Japan denies calling it ‘immigration’

Nov 04,2016

Japan is looking for more of temporary workers (construction workers, care givers, store clerks).

Numbers of job seekers abroad have increased over the last eight years; the party in power is considering schemes for quick arrivals.

Do not name it as immigration! More of unskilled job seekers are encouraged temporarily by the country, as companies fail to fill the opportunities that result in  low unemployment rate in Japan within the list of seven countries. Allowing more of permanent immigration for unskilled immigrant is not a good choice, clearly said by the Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.  The fear is that the Japanese  might have historic panic due to all the foreign nationals, that it would disintegrate its national identity.

 “In Japan, the word ‘immigrant’ is not used in policymaking,” as said by ex- economy minister Heizo Takenaka in an interview. “The prime minister often says it’s not immigration, its guest workers.

With decreasing population,  Masahiko Shibayama, a lawmaker and adviser of Abe, is among those testing the boundaries as policymakers wanting to attend to the needs of the nation. 

He also initiated the ‘guest-worker’ program which will grant five years visas for sectors bearing the labor scarcity. He even mentioned that tourism increase has raised questions on how immigrant occupants should be here. He stated… “For ordinary people, they see the rapid increase in foreign tourists and they see more foreigners downtown, so it’s not strange that some think, ‘Is it good that it’s increasing this much?’ ”. “I think it’s important to establish a culture that accepts foreign workers. However, in the case of Japan, it’ll be totally different from the large number of refugees that went to Europe, so I don’t think public opinion will be split on the issue.

The politics is getting worse all around the world with cross-border intake of workers, along with U.S. presidential elections and also the U.K.’s brexit vote among the European nations.  

Immigration in Japan is hugely touted as one of the few evident solutions for statistical and economical challenges. The  cause for Growth as well as labor is from the economists’ point of view. By 2040,  Japan’s population of 127 million will get reduced to 19 million,  as projected by the government. .

To achieve more continuous long term development, international labor is necessary, as said by BOJ Gov. Haruhiko  Kuroda.

Japan is in need of help as of now. Manpower survey in 2015 revealed that 83% of the Japanese recruiting managers found challenging in hiring for the jobs, when compared with the global average of 38%.

High skilled workers are encouraged more, which matters more in the global combat of talent.  The government is openly welcoming more of such talent, moreover the Prime Minister has promised to issue them permanent residency effortlessly.   

Japan has no visa categories, but sometimes it depends on the unskilled immigrant workers in some domains, to become permanent resident or citizens. Rather,  they could opt for any training programs that are officially used for training people in developing nations with skills. But in practice, a guest-worker system that the U.S. State Department has criticized as prone to abuse, including “conditions of forced labor.”

But also the number of foreign workers has been increased from 486,000 in 2008 to about 908,000 in 2015, among which 190,000 work under the training program.

Lawmakers are  supporting the bill in Abe’s party by promoting the training program that includes labor in manufacturing as well as agriculture and old age care. Participants can stay up to 5 years now with the LDP proposal.

Construction workers are also more needed in Japan because of 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, to improve it’s infrastructure.

There is no solution for immigration in Japan; it will in fact improve the growth but will need a substitute for economic stagnation.    

The immigrant workers are already seen on the streets of Tokyo, the Chinese language has some popularity in some districts.

An employee from an auto-sector industry, said he relocated from  China’s Henan region about eight years ago. Then after that, he was recruited by a Japanese company “I never had any worries about a visa. The language was the hardest thing for me,”

The Japanese government will consider this as a temporary solution, but not all the abroad job seekers will want to leave when the time is up.

Lin Zhi Peng and Zhang Shuang Feng, both 25, shifted to Tokyo from Nanjing, china. They planned to work for a mobile phone store as soon as possible.

Feng said that “It’s wonderful here,” in Ikebukuro. “We love the food, the clean environment, the people. Everything.

For how long they planned to stay in Japan, Feng answered “Forever.”

Peng also said. “Probably forever,”


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