It's been one year since the Japanese government launched a new points-based system giving preferential immigration treatment for highly skilled foreign professionals.
The system was introduced to attract more highly skilled foreign nationals. However, according to the Nikkei Shimbun, the number of applicants is only a quarter of the initial goal.
One Indian man in his 30s expressed his disappointment at the system. He said he cleared all the requirements, including education level and Japanese proficiency; however, his annual salary did not reach the required amount to make him eligible for preferential immigration treatment
The points-based system targets IT and technology engineers, researchers and executives. It is given to applicants when accumulated points, based on salary and education, exceeds 70 points. However, according to a consultant at the Immigration Bureau, young foreign researchers rarely earn high salaries.
One of the appealing benefits of the system is full child-care support, such as permission to invite parents or maids to Japan. However, with the current conditions, an applicant's annual income has to be 10-15 million yen to be eligible for such benefits, the Nikkei reported.
As of now, the number of professionals who have immigrated to Japan with the points-based system is 434, which is far below the initial target number of 2,000.
Among other nations, Japan is considered to be extremely slow in implementing policies to attract skilled professionals. The Nikkei concludes that in order to attract more professionals, the points-based system has to be reviewed and improved.© Japan Today