business

Foreign students in Japan face bleak job outlook due to pandemic

18 Comments
By Supriya Singh

The requested article has expired, and is no longer available. Any related articles, and user comments are shown below.

© KYODO

©2020 GPlusMedia Inc.

18 Comments
Login to comment

it was hard to find proper easy jobs for foreingers in the past anyway,it is still now.

it will be harder to find jobs for foreingers.Priority is for japanese people as always.

This has made japan always less popular for skilled workers/students.

this was the same before pandemic as well.

9 ( +11 / -2 )

Good luck to them. Some things disrupted by Covid-19 can be put off for a year or so, but others like this can have lasting consequences. Japan Inc. likes them fresh out of college and wet behind the ears.

6 ( +7 / -1 )

It's not only international students, it's international professionals as well.

As a 20 year experienced American professional living and working in Japan ~ the Japanese system takes care of Japanese professionals first.

Understood, this is Japan. However in the long run, this system will hurt Japan domestically and globally as well.

There are so many layers of backlash that the Japanese Government does not understand is coming due to this obvious treatment of international professionals.

8 ( +10 / -2 )

My experience as an owner of companies in Japan is different. I am looking for a young staffer, Japanese or foreign with good Japanese language ability and i offer fair remuneration and working conditions. Also i contacted myself 6 universities ( non spoke English !! Universities ! ) the placement offices , the student support department found it funny i called them and could not care less. I also called student organisations who never returned call or emails and i contacted charities saying i would like to offer support, no replies.

finally i called 3 students who found a job and asked if they could introduce friends or contacts as i offered a job. But they could not care a bit either with answers as “ i have a job and i know no one “.

for the jokers among you, the job is certainly better paid than average, is working in sports marketing and the working conditions respectful and interesting.

8 ( +8 / -0 )

Being here for many years and on a social level, many Japanese people treat me probably better than a native.

However, Japanese institutions certainly do not.

For them, foreigners are seen as exceptions to the rule that require more time and resources to handle.

Foreigners have less rights than a Japanese, and as a consequence are able to be more easily deceived.

I have seen examples of this with the police and private companies here.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

Robert Maes, the reason Japanese do not like to speak English and or not good at speaking English and why many foreigners are still in demand for teaching English is this "hazakashi" motto. My elementary age school son, going to a public elementary school who is bilingual when he puts his hand up to answer a question in the class during his Mickey Mouse English lesson they refuse to pick him. Why? I am sure the teachers are scared he will embarrass them, and so, he comes home and complains that he left out during the A and Q time. So you and others like you who need Japanese/English speakers are going to continue to find it hard to find those English speakers for many years to come.

8 ( +8 / -0 )

Please don’t sit on your laurels. Build skills, like English. You’ll do yourselves a favor.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

it was hard to find proper easy jobs for foreingers in the past anyway,it is still now.

it will be harder to find jobs for foreingers.Priority is for japanese people as always.

Japan is taking care of its own first. Every country is doing the same thing.

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

It all stems from discrimination. How could a group of men who can't deal with a female superior of their own nationality deal with a foreign superior - god forbid, a women superior.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

Well I graduated into the first Bush recession and made my way to Japan but I think the coronavirus recession is worse because entire industries are smothered, and for who knows how long. Be creative and persistent in your job search. Good luck.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

Priority is for japanese people as always.

Absolutely nothing wrong with that. That's the way it should be.

-7 ( +0 / -7 )

It all stems from discrimination. How could a group of men who can't deal with a female superior of their own nationality deal with a foreign superior - god forbid, a women superior.

In America, they vote for trump and they shoot blacks in the back.

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

I know a lot of foreign students who are graduating from Japanese university this year. Usually the split is about 50/50 between those starting work at a company and those going on to grad school. This year a much higher proportion seems to be going to grad school because the job situation is so bad. I really hope things pick up for next year's grads.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

@robert maes

My experience as an owner of companies in Japan is different. I am looking for a young staffer, Japanese or foreign with good Japanese language ability and i offer fair remuneration and working conditions.

Foreigners that you looking for, most likely will be bilingual, those people will go to bigger famous company not small one.

Also i contacted myself 6 universities ( non spoke English !! Universities ! ) the placement offices , the student support department found it funny i called them and could not care less.

There are steps need to be taken to setup business in Japan, you need to speak local language or have staffs that can speak local language to handle your matters. Those 6 universities even placement offices couldn't talk in English doesn't mean they don't have bilingual students that you can recruit. Once you can establish contact through Japanese language and culture you might be able to recruit those billingual students.

I also called student organisations who never returned call or emails and i contacted charities saying i would like to offer support, no replies.

That's simply you contact wrong people, in the wrong way.

finally i called 3 students who found a job and asked if they could introduce friends or contacts as i offered a job. But they could not care a bit either with answers as “ i have a job and i know no one “.

Do you offer any good bargain to them? Are you from big famous company or promising venture company that can impress them when you explain your company? If not their response expect that kind of response.

for the jokers among you, the job is certainly better paid than average, is working in sports marketing and the working conditions respectful and interesting.

So many companies competing for talent why you expect people lining up for your company?

Others companies will say nice things about their work environment.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

In another case, a 23-year-old Indian woman who graduated from APU this March saw her job offer withdrawn by a staffing company in Tokyo after she moved to the capital for work.

Still, she considers herself to be luckier than some others after involving lawyers to win compensation from the company for nixing her place at such short notice. While getting a living wage in the capital as a part-timer, she is back in the job market, hoping to find other full-time work in the country.

She should be easily won her case since even a simple saiyō naitei already binding.

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/community/2012/03/27/how-tos/a-promise-of-employment-is-binding-supreme-court-ruled-in-late-1970s-case/

0 ( +0 / -0 )

International minded indeed. Who are they kidding???.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

This year a much higher proportion seems to be going to grad school because the job situation is so bad. I really hope things pick up for next year's grads.

At least the professors will have some job security.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

It's not virus or anything. It all started from the beginning. It's the color of the skin, then comes sexes. Not your certificate.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Login to leave a comment

Facebook users

Use your Facebook account to login or register with JapanToday. By doing so, you will also receive an email inviting you to receive our news alerts.

Facebook Connect

Login with your JapanToday account

User registration

Articles, Offers & Useful Resources

A mix of what's trending on our other sites