Japan extends work visa program until 2024
03.04.2024 Japan Tokyo   5
Japan extends work visa program until 2024

Recently, Japan has expanded its foreign work visa program for the first time since its inception in 2019! As such, the Japanese government is seeking to fill the country's driver shortage by providing extended stays of up to five years.

Japanese news agency Kyodo News reported that the expansion includes four new sectors: road and rail. , forestry and timber industry. Surprisingly, the demand for foreign labor has increased significantly in Japan. There are several factors, but one of the main ones is a significant decline in the birth rate and shortages in the transport and logistics sectors.

These shortages are expected to be eliminated with the introduction of new rules limiting overtime by drivers, known as " the problem of 2024.” However, the Japanese government intends to admit up to 820,000 foreigners under the skilled worker visa program over the next five fiscal years, starting in April.

This number exceeds the previous estimate by the five years leading up to fiscal 2023, which ended in March. After receiving public feedback on the proposed reforms, the government plans to review relevant regulations, including those under the Ministry of Justice, to facilitate the recruitment of skilled workers into newly added industries.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshimasa Hayashi called on relevant ministers prepare for the timely integration of foreign workers. Under the new program, qualified foreigners can work as bus, taxi and truck drivers in the transport sector, provided they work for companies certified by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.

Knowledge of the Japanese language at level N3, one of the five levels of the Japanese language proficiency test, is required for positions that involve communicating with passengers. In the railway sector, skilled workers can perform a variety of roles, including car production, track maintenance, and working as drivers, conductors or station employees.

Source: timesofindia

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