Japan Attracting Job-Seeking Brazilians Again


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 believed to have bounced back in 2016, the first increase in nine years, according to diplomatic sources and others.

The rebound apparently reflects a deep recession in Brazil as well as worker shortages in Japan ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

A staffing service company in Sao Paulo, home to the world's largest community of people of Japanese origin, has been seeing increasing inquiries about jobs in Japan since around the middle of last year.

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