Japan’s effort to attract young Asian workers

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Japan’s effort to attract young Asian workers
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Foreign workers, both intellectual and general, are expected to help revive Japan’s aging economy.
Since taking office in 2012, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has taken many measures to attract foreign manpower to revive an aging economy. In 5 years, the number of foreign workers working in Japan has increased 86% to 1.3 million, most of them through vocational trainee training programs.
In 2017, Abe’s government applies a “green card” program, granting permanent resident cards to skilled workers for a period of one year. The purpose of this program is to attract information technology engineers, investors and entrepreneurs from all over the world to Japan.
In December 2018, Japan for the first time passed a bill to receive foreign workers in the manual sectors, and at the same time opened up these workers for long-term residence.
Young, hardworking and ambitious workers from all over Asia flock to Japan, becoming a hope for a serious manpower-poor economy, especially in agriculture and construction. The foreign work force not only helps revive the industries but also motivates many Japanese businesses to look beyond the domestic market.


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