As Japan opens its doors to more foreign workers in the country in its bid to boost economic growth, some members of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party called for making it easier for companies to increase the number of foreign employees. As such, the Headquarters for Japan’s Economic Revitalization recommended revising the on-the-job training programs for people coming from developing countries and region.
While it has been 11 years since the country began accepting foreign workers, the policies and social environment has still made it difficult for foreigners to work in Japan. The current program permits foreign workers to undergo job training in the country for only up to three years. But the panel’s report called for extending the stay for two more years, provided both employer and trainee are amenable to it. They also propose to make guidelines for re-entry into Japan more lenient and for the job training to be more convenient for employers.
Japan’s greying population has greatly affected its labor force. Aside from the decline in able-bodied people to do work needed in the country, the ageing population also made it necessary for the nation to open nursing care services to foreigners. The report also recommended further discussions to be made on whether foreigners would be permitted to work in the agriculture and manufacturing industries for a short period of time and if they should also open opportunities for foreigners to work as household help.