John Mason +44 (0)151 449 3938 International House 35 Wilson Road Huyton Business Park $$$

Japan

Japan in need of expats

Although Japan has a history of being a country with a low migrant population, it looks as though this may change in the near future. A shrinking working population due to a low birth rate and ageing population means that the country may need expats to combat skills shortages in the labour market and to support its pension and healthcare system.

 

According to the OECD Economic Surveillance Survey of Japan (2013), it was reported that by the year 2050, the working age population in the country is due to fall by 40%. There are other measures that Japan could take of course to address this issue such as increase retirement ages and increasing productivity in the workforce but it immigration could also be a solution.

Skilled workers needed

It has been reported that Japan is in need of skilled professionals, particularly in the construction industry. This is becoming increasingly important in the lead up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and associated construction projects. In addition, the manufacturing sector will require skilled labour to keep on driving exports for the economy.

Japan is different to other developed economies in that traditionally its immigrant population is a lot lower than other developed nations, with language tutors being one of the main expat groups. Japan operates a Working Holiday Visa for 18-30 year olds which tends to attract British expats looking to work abroad.

Economic benefits of migrants

Japan’s demographic issues are well reported and so are the economic benefits of migrants, as well as the potential downsides feared by some Japanese such as changes to society. The benefits of economic migrants which are recognised by many countries include filling skills shortages, influxes of new ideas and talent and innovation. Skilled migrants are usually hard working people who can have a very positive effect on a nation’s economy.

Immigration Reform

Japan introduced a points-based immigration system in 2012 in what was seen as the first step in more open foreign worker policies. The points based system gave higher points to professionals and highly skilled workers. It is expected that details of further immigration reform by the Japanese Government will be published later this year and it is predicted that they will be more pro-immigrant than in the past.

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Australia

Christmas in Australia

14 December 2018

Company News

Christmas Opening Hours 2018

12 December 2018

Canada

Real Life Moving Tales: Relocating from the UK to Canada as a Teenager

1 December 2018

Australia

Moving to Australia: Importing Christmas Decorations

20 November 2018

Canada

Why move to Canada? Here are 5 unique reasons

12 November 2018

Australia

Australia’s capital cities are home to 67% of the entire population of the country.

7 November 2018

Our Credentials

As one of the leading providers of overseas removals on a national and international scale, we pride ourselves on providing a professional and friendly service from our highly trained and competent team. We have been recognised as one of the leading international moving companies by the networks below and we are, therefore, proud of our credentials and the quality standard they represent.

Some of our Customer Reviews

From the initial meeting to the pack up John Mason were both friendly and professional. We have already recommended them to friends, we don’t hesitate to recommend them for your move.

Surrey, UK to Auckland, New Zealand - June 2018

My whole experience with John Mason's has been very good, from having Tony surveying till today with the container being packed, I will definitely recommend John Mason to provide removal services.

M.H. South Shields, UK to Perth, Australia – May 2018

Absolutely one of the best movers I have worked with. Pleasant helpful admin staff and the delivery drivers were absolute angels sorting and moving the boxes where I asked them to. Arrived exactly when they said it would.

Selby, UK to Sydney, Australia - April 2018

Read more independent reviews about us on TrustPilot