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Japan treats 1 million foreign workers as ‘non-existent’

Posted by jaypee 83 days ago Japan
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Foreign workers in Japan are increasingly being seen as a valuable resource amid Japan’s declining birthrate and growing elderly population.


However, recent headlines in the media express concern about the influx of immigrants.


“Should we accept immigrants?” one publication asked.


Another worried that, “What will happen if foreigners become our Read More

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Japan quietly accepting foreign workers — just don't call it immigration

Posted by jaypee 349 days ago Japan
http://www.japantimes.co.jp —

Send us your construction workers, your care givers, your store clerks — but for a limited time only.


That’s the message from Japan, where the number of foreign workers, though still relatively small, has nearly doubled over the past eight years, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling party is considering policies to speed up arrivals.


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Japan grows more open to foreign workers as population declines

Posted by jaypee 391 days ago Japan
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Two aides to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the nation is planning to bring in more overseas workers to bolster the shrinking labor force.


Masahiko Shibayama, a lawmaker in Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party who serves as a special adviser to the prime minister, said in an interview in Singapore last week that policies under consideration may result in a doubling of foreig Read More

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Japan's foreign workers policy riddled with contradictions, says lawmaker

Posted by jaypee 525 days ago Japan
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As the government tells it, Japan doesn’t accept unskilled foreign labor. Except it does.


For example, a state-sponsored technical internship program brings in a slew of foreign “trainees” every year, ostensibly to provide instruction in advanced industrial methods. But in reality, the trainees provide a surreptitious source of cheap labor, with many being consign Read More

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Japan eyes more foreign workers in stealthy challenge to immigration taboo

Posted by jaypee 539 days ago Japan
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Desperately seeking an antidote to a rapidly aging population, Japanese policymakers are exploring ways to bring in more foreign workers without calling it an “immigration policy.”


Immigration is a touchy subject in a land where conservatives prize cultural homogeneity and politicians fear losing votes from workers worried about losing jobs.

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Japan eyes more foreign workers in stealthy challenge to immigration taboo

Posted by jaypee 540 days ago Japan
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Desperately seeking an antidote to a rapidly aging population, Japanese policymakers are exploring ways to bring in more foreign workers without calling it an “immigration policy.”


Immigration is a touchy subject in a land where conservatives prize cultural homogeneity and politicians fear losing votes from workers worried about losing jobs.


But a tight labor ma Read More

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Japan to have record 1 million foreign workers this year

Posted by jaypee 564 days ago Japan
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The number of foreign nationals employed in Japan is expected to top 1 million for the first time this year as the nation grows more reliant on overseas workers to meet labor demands, government sources said Saturday.

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Foreign workers in Japan 'exploited as cheap labour'

Posted by jaypee 603 days ago Japan
http://www.straitstimes.com —

TOKYO • Tang Xili came to Japan from China in 2013 hoping to earn enough in three years to build a new home for her daughter.


Instead, the 35-year-old ended up in a labour union shelter, after leaving an employer she says owes her unpaid wages of about 3.5 million yen (S$43,800).

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