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Tokyo to allow foreigners to work as beauticians for 1st time in Japan

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Japan's beauty industry is the best in the world. 

Really, don't let the French, Korean or other countries hear you say that

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From Oct 1, foreign students who meet skills requirements will be able to work at salons on "designated activities" visas allowed under the central government's so-called national strategic special zones scheme, a program aimed at supporting regional economic growth.

Beauticians exist in many countries in the world, that skills is not that rare and not really specific to Japan. What Japan system did before, those foreign people who got those skills even has Japanese license but is impossible for the to get visa.

https://asia.nikkei.com/Spotlight/Japan-immigration/Cosmetology-license-earned-in-Japan-won-t-get-foreigners-a-visa

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It’s really important to have the ‘skills’ to apply makeup!

This is monumental!

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Oh thank you!

As a poor ignorant foreigner I can now see light!

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Are you kidding me! What special skills are required? Obviously being a Japanese has been the most essential up until now? And if a foreign specialist does get a job is it then just an adequate outcome. Out of interest is the spray painter licence limited by where you are born?

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Cricky,most beautician in the US has to be certified by the state,hair weaves hear we come

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Really!, is there something dangerous about the profession? I’m not being smart, I just didn’t know you needed a licence? Do you have to be a US citizen to attain the licence. Yes on that one I’m being smart. If you saw me you’d know I’ve never been to a beautician. Beyond their help, licensed or not.

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"just didn’t know you needed a licence? "

Did u really think anyone could simply set up shop?!

"https://www.gov.uk/massage-and-special-treatment-premises-licensing"

Why should Japan be any different?!

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Tokyo to allow foreigners to work as beauticians for 1st time in Japan

2022 and this is news....

Japan's beauty industry is the best in the world. 

and how would she know?

has she travelled around the world and seen every single country's beauty industry.

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Great news. There just aren't enough beauty salons in Tokyo, or Japan in general. (sarcasm)

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Europe is full of Vietnamese "nail artists", maybe Japan will be too soon.

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Ohhh I love those Tokyo beauty salons especially with massage option.

I always take full course.

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will be allowed to work in the field for up to five years to gain experience.

Wow! A whole 5 years! Yes, You don’t want them to build a life or anything beyond that…..

> "Japan's beauty industry is the best in the world. I want them to take the advanced techniques and hospitality skills they learn in Tokyo and share them with the world," Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike said at a Friday press conference.

Its been a while there, Koiks. Been pretty invisible since Kishida took over.

This is the garbage you want to make your return with?

You’re probably right, nothing says Japan beauty like the beautiful Johnny’s males with perms and make up.

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Yuriko Koike did something that is finally admirable.

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Is this...good news? These licensed beauticians don't even get work visas? They are only provided five years on a "Designated Activities" visa? Why would they even bother staying in Japan after their training? People need to make a living...This seems to be asking them to pay taxes in Japan for five years, and then get the F out. Unless they really want to live in Japan at any cost, it seems like five years wasted in their trade when they'll just have to pack up and go elsewhere after the five years are up. Really quite a shame.

Also, agreeing with other commenters about the "best beauty industry" in the world. Yes, Japan has a good beauty industry, but I think South Korea supplanted Japan there about a decade ago.

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Yeah how long until the first “beauty shop” staffed fully by foreign trainees.

I think this isn’t going to end happily.

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Can I join the Trainee' program?

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@Larr Flint: Ohhh I love those Tokyo beauty salons especially with massage option. 

I always take full course.

Indeed. I visited a ‘beauty salon’ in Kabukicho and it wasn’t what I expected at all. The lady who treated me was very skilled though. (I’m sure she was from Thailand, which makes me question the idea that ‘foreigners’ have not been allowed to work in that industry up until now?)

TT

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There a beautician area the locals can not fill. This is the area the Government are targeting but public can’t be named. I assume that area is nail art and nail care. I bet anyone that after this is legislated the first new shop open in Ginza will be specialised nail care salons.

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Perhaps in the rural areas.

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The beginning of happy ending massages?

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I don't know how this industry is regulated in Japan these days, but in the early 1980's, I was friends with a Japanese lady who was a hairdresser / beautician. She set up a salon in her own apartment, and their seemed no regulation or licence required for her to do this. She took money by cash and don't think that she paid any tax. My point is : maybe it is not an industry that is taken very seriously in Japan until now, It seemed to have no regulation at all. Is it the best in the world? Probably equal .

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"just didn’t know you needed a licence? "

Did u really think anyone could simply set up shop?!

"https://www.gov.uk/massage-and-special-treatment-premises-licensing"

Why should Japan be any different?!

@Peeping Tom - the services listed here are all justified in requiring licencing. I wouldn't want any old cowboy setting up as a chiropodist or running a tanning salon.

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I believe foreigners who have a spouse or permanent visa, and not a sponsored visa, can already do the job if they have the licence, as there is no restriction on employment.

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Great!

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"@Peeping Tom - the services listed here are all justified in requiring licencing. I wouldn't want any old cowboy setting up as a chiropodist or running a tanning salon."

All constituent parts of the Beauty Industry.

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this is such a weird story.......why would foreigners NOT be allowed to be trained as beauticians?! LMAO, this country gets stranger and stranger

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The beginning of happy ending massages?

The beginning?! umm......have you never been to Shinjuku or Roppongi or almost every single town in Japan?!

LLF

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Are you kidding me! What special skills are required?

Not much if your only requirement is to get a short back and sides. However, knowing how to style certain kinds of hair does require training, as does mixing hair dyes.

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My point is : maybe it is not an industry that is taken very seriously in Japan until now, It seemed to have no regulation at all.

If you want to work off the books then yo can certainly do as you please, but if you want to be above board, Japan is chock-a-block full of little pieces of paper you have to chase in order to be certified - even for semi and unskilled jobs. One argument is that it stops any old fool from taking up a job without the correct training, but in reality it is a form of obstruction to labour market liquidity.

Everything is micromanaged here.

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