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  • Keidanren pushing for more foreign IT workers

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on March 19th, 2007

    Hi Blog. Excerpting from Terrie’s Take Issue 413, March 19, 2007.

    All data and commentary is theirs. I’ll just add that Keidanren is displaying the typical work-unit mentality one finds in any organization only thinking of the bottom line, not the welfare of their workers. With that undercurrent, the policy will create more social problems than you think. Hasn’t Keidanren learned anything from its problematic Researcher and Trainee Visa experiments from 1990? Oh, yeah–just make the foreigner pass a language test. That’ll fix everything. Right. Debito


    -> Relaxed engineer visas

    The Japanese Business Federation, Keidanren, has
    recommended to the government that the immigration
    requirements for foreign engineers’ visas be relaxed, to
    encourage a larger number of people to come work here,
    particularly in IT. They suggest that engineers coming in
    under the experience category be allowed in after just 4
    years of relevant work experience, versus the current 10
    years. But before you think that Keidanren is going soft,
    they are also looking at recommending Japanese-language
    requirements on future worker intakes, to alleviate
    problems typically associated with a surge of foreign

    ***Ed: Hmmm, we doubt that they’ve thought this
    through too much. Imposing Japanese language skills will
    add at least 3-5 years on to the supply curve, and given
    the choice of English or Japanese, most Chinese and Indian
    engineers are going to pick the global language. Japan
    needs to understand that internationalizing may in fact
    mean accepting English as a second language, as has
    already happened in Europe and in most of the rest of
    Asia. This is not heresy, just pragmatism.** (Source:
    TT commentary from, Mar 18, 2007)

    2 Responses to “Keidanren pushing for more foreign IT workers”

    1. debito Says:


      Further to the discussion at the beginning of this month
      about the ultimate powers of the immigration office,

      Sunday’s Nikkei Shimbun tells us that they are going to
      be more transparent in their deliberations.


      The Justice Ministry has announced on March 17th that it has
      decided to publish guidelines to clarify the requirements for
      extension and change of visa status for foreigners residing in Japan.
      Decisions on whether to allow extensions or not are in reality made
      by regional immigration bureaux authorised by the minister and
      based on the content of individual cases. This has been criticised by
      applicants and the economic world as being not transparent.
      The guidelines will include objective standards which should be
      easier to understand for foreigners and others. Publication is
      intended for FY 2007.


    2. James Annan Says:

      FWIW, specifically mentions allowing these pesky foreigners in to “temporary” positions, presumably because this troublesome labour shortage is only expected to last for a few years :-)

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