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Japan Attracting Job-Seeking Brazilians Again (News)

Sao Paulo, Jan. 10 (Jiji Press)—Another wave of Brazilians of Japanese descent is moving to Japan in search of jobs. Such "dekasegi" (working away from home) Brazilian workers in Japan peaked in number in 2007, when there were 317,000 Brazilians there, before falling due to the global financial crisis of 2008 as well as the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. But the number is belie…
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Japan’s Dilemma of Attracting and Keeping Foreign TalentHimeda Konatsu

Demand for foreign employees is on the rise in Japan, both as a way to boost the country’s international competitiveness and to shore up the workforce as the population grays and birthrate falls. Yet Japanese companies will need to take an honest evaluation of their corporate culture if they hope to fully utilize and retain foreign talent.
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Highly Skilled Foreigners to Get Permanent Japan Residency in One Year (News)

Tokyo, Dec. 17 (Jiji Press)—The Japanese government plans to grant highly skilled foreign people permanent residency after they live in Japan for one year, at the earliest, informed sources said Saturday. Currently, such foreigners as researchers and corporate managers can become permanent residents if they stay in the country for at least five years. The government is now working to shorten…
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Can Foreign Housekeepers Help Japanese Women Shine?Nomura Hiroko

The government is tentatively opening up Japan’s household staffing industry to foreign recruits as part of its policy to support workforce participation by Japanese women. Staffing services Pasona, Bears, Poppins, Duskin, and Chez Vous have signed on to a pilot program in designated zones in Kanagawa and Osaka Prefectures, where placement of foreign housekeepers is expected to start as early as M…
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