Japan Times | 9 November 2018

The envisaged new status for foreign workers in Japan is raising hopes in industries facing severe labor shortages, such as the restaurant and manufacturing sectors.

The new residence status “will help us hire more talented foreign workers,” an official of a major izakaya (traditional Japanese pub) chain said, welcoming a bill to revise the immigration control law as the restaurant industry has been struggling with chronic labor shortages.

“It’s good for both Japanese and foreign staff as we can learn languages and customs from each other by working together,” an official at a major hotel operator said, hoping for synergies that will help improve service quality.

In the manufacturing industry, Isuzu Motors Ltd. President Masanori Katayama said that it will be good to have more hiring options, as his company is suffering from a shortage of workers, .



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