Japanese Prime Minister Kishida plans to overhaul the system to attract highly skilled foreign workers

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September 19, 2022

TOKYO – Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced on Saturday that he is 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, for example by introducing a system in 2012 that gives preferential treatment to highly qualified personnel by assessing their expertise and technical skills.

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, and said, “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 also drove a flying car on the grounds of Fukushima Robot Test Field in Minamisoma.

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