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Research Seminar on Nikkeijin in Japan after Economic Crisis

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Situations of Nikkeijin in Japan after Economic Crisis

Date: 15 December, 2012

Venue: Room 301, Shohukan, Omiya Campus, Ryukoku University


On December 15, Prof. Takashi Matsuo of Gunma University spoke about work and living conditions of Nikkeijin after the economic crisis in Japan. According to Prof. Matsuo, many Nikkeijin in Japan has lost jobs after the economic crisis in 2008, and the number of them turned to on decrease as they returned home. Although Japanese government responded to the situation with supporting their return to home country, helping search a new job, and providing job training opportunities for them. However, Prof. Matsuo argues, these governmental supports were introduced to reduce burden on welfare system rather than protecting the life of Nikkeijin. In fact, while many Nikkeijin are still willing to stay in Japan permanently, they tend to fail in job conversion and return to non-regular work. Cases of Nikkeijin who successfully converted to new stable jobs after losing job show that, while Japanese language skill and supports from their family and employers are the important factors for their success in finding new and stable job, there are many other factors necessary for it including education/training opportunities and development of job market for foreigners in Japan.