40,000 Foreign Workers Acceptance Expected in the First Year of New Visa
40,000 foreign workers are expected to be accepted during the first year of the new visa statuses. After five years the number is expected to grow up to 250,000. The government is not expected to put a limit to the number of foreigners that can be accepted.
The new visa statuses will allow foreign workers to be accepted in 14 industries such as nursing care, agriculture, and restaurant sector where domestic labour force alone cannot compensate labour needs.
As stated before, visa “type 1” and visa “type 2” will be issued, and it is expected that foreigners will gradually shift to “type 1” after completing the technical training.
Of the two kinds of visa, “type 2” is expected to remain in several industries such as construction and aviation. While for care professionals, “nursing care” status of residence will probably not be subject to the “type 2” visa.
Expecting a huge increase in the number of foreign workers, the government should prepare itself in fields such as medical care services and education.
The criticism to the new system from opposition parties revolves around the fact that the government is still not ready to integrate foreign nationals into the still-conservative Japanese society.
Sources: Nikkei.com, Japantimes.com
Article by Elena Laghi