COMING TO GRIPS AT LAST WITH JAPAN’S LABOR SHORTAGE
Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo, 2017. Flickr in Wikimedia Commons
The Japan Times-Nov 6
The proposed amendment to the immigration control law marks a major turnaround in the government’s official policy, which has so far prohibited foreign workers from engaging in manual labor in this country. Despite the policy, Japan has increasingly relied on people from overseas — technical training interns and foreign students, who are officially not coming to Japan to work — to cover a severe domestic manpower shortage in manual labor. The amendment, submitted last week to the Diet, is a step forward in that the nation is finally coming to grips with the need to accept more foreign workers to make up for the labor supply shortage caused by its rapidly aging and shrinking population. Now the challenge is to take steps to create an attractive environment that will encourage foreigner to choose Japan as a work destination.
First published in: The Japan Times