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So bad it will not be, insured, Shinzo Abe. “My Cabinet has no intention of a so-called immigration policy. In this line, we remain faithful.” Japan’s Premier said: It is go here just to guest workers who stay a few years in the country and at the end again. “The conditions are a limit of stay and a fundamental rejection of that families to accompany the workers.” However, His country could not turn a blind eye to the reality.

A good year has passed, since Japan’s Prime with these words for his policy meant to justify. In the meantime, he has brought through and after a hard day of tomb a law to fight through the Parliament, which is pretty much exactly the Advertised: for the majority of Applicants to the strict conditions of recruitment, the government over the next few years, hundreds of thousands of workers from abroad.

In Japan this is in spite of everything, a Sensation. Because with the new regulations, the aging of the country, its population, whether the low birth rate and lack of Immigration is also rapidly shrinking, finally one of his biggest problems: the decline of its working population at the same time a growing need for workers.

the new visa rules may not work from now on, Japanese with easy Japanese knowledge and the appropriate skills for up to five years in one of 14 industries. This concerns sectors such as construction, nursing, agriculture, and various service jobs, from catering and hospitality to the supermarket checkout. The government goes out of 47,000 applicants in the first year of the visa. Within five years, the number is expected to rise to up to 345.000.

35 million senior citizens

from an economic point of view, such a law is long overdue. Since 2005, the ongoing demographic Shrinking has decimated the population and last a good 300,000 people per year. Because of the small number of children, also about 300 schools closed last year. Because the working population has been declining for two decades, suffering according to the Japanese chamber of Commerce, two-thirds of all farms in the country, under labour shortage. Already for a long time also lacks nurses, to the Elderly and infirm chlicheren of the 35 million seniors.

a Lot has been done in order to meet these challenges somehow without immigration. As the gradual raising of the retirement age from 60 to 65 years. Through improved childcare provision, the government is also trying to integrate the often with the children’s education impacted women in the labour market. The state also encourages research projects that are looking for ways to automate work processes.

The new Opening is for foreigners, so only the fourth lever, with which the government tries, the shortage of labour. You already know now: with the new visa regulations will not succeed, the demographic Trend. The state itself, with its rather conservative estimates that three times as many immigrants would be needed.

Only at the beginning of April, which entered into force the law seems to be the limit of what is possible. According to surveys, around half of the Japan is Japanese a more relaxed immigration policy skeptical. Because the mainstream parties know this, do not pull with concepts for an Opening in the election campaign. The loud opponents of Abe’s guest worker policy, the have also instigated several demonstrations, encounter, also, of the view that by 2021 the imported rules to be relaxed. For a few particularly successful guest worker the obligation to leave the country after five years, as well as the family reunification ban under certain conditions should no longer apply then.