Justice Minister About Foreign Workers in Japan
Justice Minister Takashi Yamashita said that one of his major goals will be to create a balance between management and coexistence when it comes to foreign nationals in Japan.
For him, the important things to do are the following:
Residecy management: Government must carry out proper residency management, which translates for example into an accurate account of foreign residents’ status. This would avoid problems such as illegal employment.
Support: It is important that the country on the other hand gives support to foreigners. The Justice Ministry is working on compiling comprehensive measures related to living alongside with foreign nationals by the end of 2018.
The ministry is preparing to submit a bill to the upcoming extraordinary Diet session which will revise important laws to allow blue-collar foreign workers with specific skills to obtain the new kinds of visa from next April 2019.
Yamashita said that Japan already has 2.6 million foreign residents, with 1.3 million of them who are already working. 28 million were then the visitors of last year. Japan is going towards internationalization and accepting foreign workers with certain skills who can immediately contribute to the workforce.
Finally, he added that he expects Japan to further expand its acceptance of foreign workers and highlighted the importance of creating a welcoming environment. This would help foreign nationals working hard and live in communities with Japanese nationals.
If you want to discover more about the two kinds of visa statuses, please relate to our previous article About Permanent Residency for Skilled Blue-Collar Workers.
Article by Elena Laghi