Posted by debito on February 5th, 2009
Hi Blog. With layoffs numbering these in the tens of thousands in Japanese companies, germane to Debito.org is how this is affecting NJ in Japan. Here are some stats regarding backdoor imported labor in Japan. (The headline of “rare” is a bit exaggerated, but indeed indicative of a trend.)
A reliable source estimated to me that 40% of all Brazilian workers will leave Japan in short order. While not usually “Trainees” (they are “Returnees” on less-restrictive “teijuusha” visas), that’s still a hell of a way to go (that means over 100,000 people), and it may lead to the first drop in NJ in Japan in more than four decades. No stats on that yet, but when we see them, we’ll post them.
One more thing: I saw in the Diet debates yesterday that JCP leader Shii noted how in the ten years since 1997, profits in total for companies had significantly gone up while total wages paid out to workers had gone down (don’t have exact figures; didn’t have a pencil handy). So now that times have gone sour, I wonder just how many of these layoffs are a convenient means to continue to keep corporate profits stable? The overarching need to prove a business’s health through profits (and the pressure to one-up oneself by posting record profits in the past) gives all the wrong incentives, from a labor standpoint. But that’s speculation on my part; we’ll leave it to those who know more about the subject to comment. Arudou Debito in Sapporo
The economic crisis is taking a toll on foreign trainees in Japan.
Preliminary data compiled by the Japan International Training Cooperation Organization show that the number of companies’ applications for permitting foreigners into Japan as trainees or technical interns last October fell 18.8 percent from a year earlier to 4,753.
The figure for November stood at 4,692, down 25.5 percent from a year before. The organization, jointly founded by the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry and four other ministries, said Japanese firms are becoming reluctant to accept new foreign trainees in the face of the deteriorating economy.
The organization said an increasing number of foreign trainees have been seeking advice, saying they may be forced to return to their countries before their terms expire.
Although many foreign trainees are hired at low wages, the recent data suggest that companies, particularly small ones, are now in bad shape and aren’t even hiring these low-wage workers, officials with the organization said.
By country, the number of new trainees from China fell 27.6 percent in November. Trainees from Indonesia were down 26.0 percent and those from the Philippines were down 41.0 percent.
The number of people entering Japan to become trainees had been increasing since the foreign trainee system started in 1993, topping 100,000 in 2007.