Introduction of new system of Japanese work to young Japanese Nikkei 4 Ministry of Justice policy
October 19, 2017 05: 6 minutes
The Ministry of Justice strengthened its policy to introduce a new residence system that enables Japanese young people of the 4th generation who live abroad, such as Brazil and Peru, to work in Japan. For the issuance of status of residence, we set requirements such as certain Japanese language ability, and it is supposed to accept thousands of people a year. The ministry will implement "public comments" to widely disseminate opinions from the people. Based on the opinions gathered, we aim for introduction within the fiscal year.
Liberal Democratic Party had requested the government to expand the system as part of domestic labor shortage measures. However, as with technical interns, there is concern that it will be used as an adjustment valve for employment as "cheap labor".
Under the new system, you can stay for up to three years (updated every year) with the status of residence of 'Specific Activities' that you can work freely in Japan for 18 to 30 years old Japanese-American living in abroad. In principle, families can not be accompanied, making it possible to conduct daily conversation, reading and writing in Japanese as a requirement for visiting Japan and qualification renewal.
According to the ministry, II and III who live overseas are still permitted to stay for a long period of time with the status of residence such as "settlers" at their disposal. Meanwhile, IV is not permitted to stay only in unmarried minors who live with the 3rd in Japan. Liberal Democratic Party's 100 million total achievement promotion headquarters proposed to the government in May this year to expand acceptance of IV.
The ministry explains that the purpose of expanding the system is "human resources development that will become a bridge between Japan-based society in Japan and Japan." However, Japanese Brazilians and Peru people with status of residence had a total of about 364,000 at the end of 2007 before the Lehman shock, but decreased to 222 thousand at the end of 2004. There is also a view that it is hired as an inexpensive labor force during booming times, becoming an "employment adjustment valve" that becomes subject to personnel arrangement when the economy worsens. Professor Eriko Suzuki of Kokushikan University, who is familiar with the problem of accepting foreign workers said, "If you accept Japanese Nikkei 4 based on 'connection with Japanese', it is funny to set restrictions on Japanese language ability etc. II and 3 We should treat it equally with the world. " (Komatsu Ryujiro)