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Jul 7 2018 What is missing from Honebuto policy 2018? : “Young skilled professionals”

We, at Active-Connector, offer a unique perspective: We have witnessed the demand for young skilled personnel within the job market increase significantly. However these individuals though ‘experienced, and skilled unfortunately do not fit into the paradigm as it is presently constructed and are unable to benefit from this system.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced on June 5th, 2018, the “Basic Policy on Economic and Fiscal Management and Reform 2018” (also known as ‘Honebuto policy 2018’) He acknowledged the need for Japan to establish a system which would allow and encourage the gradual increase in the number of foreign skilled workers, in Japan. In order to spur this, change he stated that the government will be working to set up a new visa system that would  permitentry to foreign workers who possess a particular level of skills and expertise.

At first glance this revelation may appear to be a beacon of hope and a sign of increased opportunities to come for foreigners wishing to live and work in Japan, though it does signal a step forward, it fails to address a large demographic of skilled and highly competitive human capital that does not fit within the framework described by the Prime Minister.

According to government officials, they are focusing on five industries namely, “Care Taking” “Agriculture” “Construction” “Shipbuilding” and “Lodging (Hotels etc,)”.

In other words, their focus is centered more towards increasing the labor force for “Blue-collar” jobs in Japan so as to offset the shortage of manpower for the industries related.

We, at Active-Connector, offer a unique perspective: We have witnessed the demand for young skilled personnel within the job market increase significantly. However these individuals though ‘experienced, and skilled unfortunately do not fit into the paradigm as it is presently constructed and are unable to benefit from this system.

The features below highlight key identifiers for the group

-Have a few years of work experience in their home country or in Japan

-Ideally, people who are in the mid-20s to early 30s.

-Expected annual salary range is from 3,500,000 yen to 6,000,000yen

-University graduate and skilled to a certain degree

The number of small and mid-sized companies those who are willing and seeking to hire these types of employees are rapidly increasing. We believe this should signal a requisite increase in attention for them from the government, it is quite regrettable that this group of young skilled foreigners with the abounding potential to stimulate innovation and growth in Japan, have fewer possibilities to obtain a working visa as compared to their counterparts.

And are more often than not excluded from getting support from the Japanese government’s human resource policies.

 

*Reference:

https://www.nishinippon.co.jp/feature/new_immigration_age/article/422295/

 

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