Japan to Allow Foreign Graduates to Work in Restaurants

Politics

Tokyo, May 28 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government will allow foreign graduates of universities and graduate schools in Japan to work in hospitality and other services including restaurants, Justice Minister Takashi Yamashita said Tuesday.

Under the current system, foreign graduates basically work in areas in which they can utilize their knowledge acquired in school in Japan. Many work in offices in regular positions.

Following a relevant rule revision set for Thursday, foreign graduates will be able to work as staff to serve customers in restaurants and retailers on condition that they have the N1 certificate, the highest level in the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test, or equivalent language skills.

Their families will be also allowed to stay in Japan.

"We hope that foreign students who understand Japan very well will use the system and flourish," Yamashita told a press conference.

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