Japanese Kishida ponders how to attract skilled foreign workers

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On Saturday, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida sits in a flying car on the grounds of the Fukushima Robot Test Field in Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture. MUST CREDIT: Japan News-Yomiuri photo

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced on Saturday that he was considering systemic reforms to attract highly qualified and knowledgeable foreign human resources.

“We should make efforts to attract workers based on the two pillars of the system and a high standard of living,” Kishida told reporters during an official visit to Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture.

The government has focused on attracting human resources through measures such as the introduction in 2012 of a system that gives preferential treatment to highly qualified personnel by evaluating their expertise and technical skills.

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However, the number of such workers is small compared to Western countries.

“Looking at the global environment, Japan is lagging behind, and we would like to design a better system,” Kishida said.

On the same day, Kishida visited the planned site of an international research and education organization to be established in Namie, Fukushima Prefecture. “We want to make it a world-class center where outstanding researchers from Japan and abroad come together to conduct the most advanced research in the world,” he said.

He also rode in a flying car on the grounds of Fukushima Robot Test Field in Minamisoma.

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