Ideas and Measures About the New Working Visa
After the release of the bill for the new visa statuses starting from April 2019, there have been different think tank and discussions about it.
Here follow the results.
The government should require prospective applicants to have a college degree. The Research Institute for Embracement of Global Human Resources said that Japan is still an attractive destination for college graduates in emerging countries, even for blue-collar jobs. Yohei Shibasaki, who lead the think tank, said that people with lower educational economic backgrounds in these nations are slower in learning Japanese and their language skills tend to be poorer than the ones of college graduates. The Justice Ministry said that the two types of visa do not have special educational background requirements so far but that a certain level of Japanese language is mandatory, together with other skills related to the job they are going to do. Yohei Shibasaki is questioning whether the language and skills tests will be a good screening method. Then, when asked why college graduates would come to Japan to do blue-collar jobs, he answered that should be a lot of these people in countries where the GDP per capita is low. Also, since in many college in emerging countries teach agriculture, he believes many students would want to come to Japan to work in this field.
Second, there is the discussion revolving around how to welcome and manage blue-collar workers. Japan’s justice minister said that the country will draw up “comprehensive measures” by the end of the year. Takashi Yamashita said the measures will not only cover the two new visas statuses, but there will also be steps covering foreign nationals in the country in general. His remarks came a day after government sources said Japan is set to revise its public health insurance system and apply stricter rules for its coverage to prevent abuse mainly by foreigners. The planned revision goal is to block the use of the insurance system by people who have never lived in Japan, including family members of incoming foreign workers. This because cases have been reported in which non-resident relatives had their medical expenses in other countries reimbursed under the Japanese system.
Article by Elena Laghi