JAPAN - Number of Foreign Students Seeking Jobs After Graduation Hits Record High (Japan Times)
The number of foreign students who changed their visa status to work in Japan after graduating from universities or vocational schools hit a record high in 2018, amid a chronic manpower shortage in the nation, reports The Japan Times citing data from the Immigration Services Agency. A total of 25,942 students switched their status of residence last year to one that permits employment in Japan, up 3,523 from a year earlier. The figure more than doubled from 2013, apparently reflecting overall growth in the number of overseas students and surging demand from companies for foreign workers to deal with a labour crunch caused by Japan’s aging population and low birth rate. By visa status type, “engineer, specialist in humanities, international services,” accounted for 93.2% of work visas. “Business manager” comprised 2.2% and “professor” comprised 2.1%. Earlier this year Japan’s labour law revisions took effect which brought a number of changes including granting entry to more foreign workers to ease the country’s labour shortage.