Highly Skilled Foreigners to Get Permanent Japan Residency in One Year


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 the required period to basically three years, the sources said.

But artificial intelligence specialists, regenerative medicine researchers, big investors and other people who satisfy special conditions will only need to reside in Japan for one year to gain permanent residency, they added.

Finding it important to take in highly developed human resources for Japan's survival of intensifying global competition, the government of Prime Minister Abe Shinzō clarified in its new growth strategy adopted in June a policy to make the nation's immigration system attractive to highly skilled foreign professionals.

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