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Young Japanese workers don’t even consider rural areas. Talented foreigners are our lifeline.

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The 77-year-old president of a construction company in Mihara, Hiroshima Prefecture, where 45 of its 85 employees are highly skilled foreign professionals who graduated from Vietnamese national universities and other institutions. Companies outside of Tokyo are increasingly hiring skilled foreign professionals eligible for a designated visa for people with specialized knowledge and skills.

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Young Japanese workers don’t even consider rural areas. Talented foreigners are our lifeline.

Because young Japanese know how to value their skills, unlike those foreigners that come from developing nations. It's not foreigners, it's specifics sets of foreigners, none of them from US or Europe.

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Cheap labor for highly skilled foreigners.

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Maybe this one isn't, but the words "construction company" and "countryside" just create images of pork barrel government contracts and dango bid rigging.

If you are highly skilled, would you want to work for a company concreting river banks? Or building new roads based on a feasibility study done in the 1960s? Or new school buildings at schools that demographics say will close in thirty years due to lack of pupils?

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Wow, find this hard to believe. I think it is very hard to find jobs outside of the big cities in the first place, and depressed wages in the rural areas hardly attract anyone. I had looked to relocate back to Oita but I think they only way is to get really lucky with a university job or bring my job with me via teleworking from a gig in Tokyo.

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The 77-year-old president of a construction company in Mihara, Hiroshima Prefecture, where 45 of its 85 employees are highly skilled foreign professionals who graduated from Vietnamese national universities

I would like to see the breakdown of employment. Surely all 45 of these 85 construction workers are not civil engineers or surveyors? If not, they are likely laborers with degrees from Vietnamese National Universities.

There is no skills or labor shortage in Japan - pay an adequate salary and these positions in rural Japan will be filled quickly by Japanese citizens.

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Fighto, this is the 2nd time today I agree with you. Unusual but a pleasant surprise.

furthermore I do not see why a construction company would need that many workers with university degrees unless they have an engineering and a design division.

Hard, well trained workers. Yes.

More likely these people have degrees in completely different area’s. It means they have to take jobs below their study level for the money.

more and more because of the bad pay in Japan compared to other nations in Asia, immigrant workers will also think twice before coming to Japan where they are only tolerated because needed and not welcomed or respected

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Young Japanese workers don’t even consider rural areas.

you can thank your government and the “everything has to be in Tokyo” mentality for that.

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Desperately trying to correct a very big error with another even bigger error, that hasn't worked out well in other countries and that won't work out well here, too.

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GDP per capita is about 3K USD In Vietnam. For them, these jobs are relatively high paid.

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