Though still clearly in the concept stage, last week saw a report by a Japanese group of politicians, business leaders, and academics looking to ease immigration policy and bring in more foreigners. Combined with the efforts to send Japanese teachers to the U.S. to enhance their English, this marks a significant change in stance for Japan, assuming all of these great ideas turn into action.
What role a JET alum lawyer might have is uncertain, but if the plan comes to fruition, certainly immigration law will be a growth area worth considering.
An excerpt of the article is here.
Japanese version in full is here.
More material is here.
I’m unconvinced by the whole Japan-needs-immigration thing. They still have 5% unemployment, and plenty of college students can’t get jobs. When Lawson Station has to start raising wages to get people to fill slots, then I’ll be impressed. Until then…