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There needs to be a concerted effort to restore Japan's image and lure back all the international talent that has been lost.

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Professor Takakazu Yamagishi, director of Nanzan University's Center for International Affairs in Nagoya, warning that Japan has a long road ahead to regain foreign students' trust after a 2-year entry ban.

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Forget it. Its done. Its over. Plus what's going to happen when the next variant pops up? It'll happen all over again.

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Well on the way with the skilled worker visa. I forget when it started but it seems to be a step in the right direction. One Chinese person has been given one.

As Chairman Mao said, "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."

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Pfft. Yeah, no. The pandemic has revealed Japan's true colors when it comes to how they regard and treat foreign residents, students etc. Their reputation is forever tainted; no going back now. Many people will be thinking twice before coming here for work, studies, or to make a life.

-3 ( +8 / -11 )

That ship has sailed. There will be a gap of 4-5 years, a lost generation.

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@reckless

Right on spot.

All those students who had their papers ready got shafted and had to scramble to re-route themselves to somewhere else. Junior students who were reading their papers may have waited a year or so but then needed to re-align to somewhere else as well. Then, even younger students just saw how their seniors struggled or got thrown under the bus and decided it was not worth it and will re-align when their turn comes. Indeed a lost generation of young talents.

PR-wise, the last decade has been a disaster for Japan, pretty much since 2011 (a thought for the 200K or so fly-jins which a big number most likely did not come back or only to pack and send their stuff to somewhere else), then an endless conveyor-belt of corporate and political scandals making it more than clear how companies, big corporations, the economy and ultimately the country is being run, add in the Ghosn debacle and a sick infatuation with the Olympics for which the local population was to ready themselves to take the fall should things go south and both young and adults may think twice before coming here...

Add some current silly firework antics by North Korea, Russian muscle-flexing in the north and Chinese saber-rattling around Taiwan. Add then some further Indian nationalism and general tensions in the APAC region and it is the whole Asian region which looks like things may "heat up" in some not-too-distant future...

There are most certainly more welcoming, more stable and less tense places in this world one can commit to than Japan or even Asia...

-1 ( +10 / -11 )

@blue, I would further add that with the yen hitting historic lows, highly paid professionals will not want to come to Japan where the pay is relatively low and the taxes are relatively high.

-3 ( +4 / -7 )

All those students who had their papers ready got shafted and had to scramble to re-route themselves to somewhere else. Junior students who were reading their papers may have waited a year or so but then needed to re-align to somewhere else as well. Then, even younger students just saw how their seniors struggled or got thrown under the bus and decided it was not worth it and will re-align when their turn comes. Indeed a lost generation of young talents.

PR-wise, the last decade has been a disaster for Japan, pretty much since 2011 (a thought for the 200K or so fly-jins which a big number most likely did not come back or only to pack and send their stuff to somewhere else), then an endless conveyor-belt of corporate and political scandals making it more than clear how companies, big corporations, the economy and ultimately the country is being run, add in the Ghosn debacle and a sick infatuation with the Olympics for which the local population was to ready themselves to take the fall should things go south and both young and adults may think twice before coming here...

Add some current silly firework antics by North Korea, Russian muscle-flexing in the north and Chinese saber-rattling around Taiwan. Add then some further Indian nationalism and general tensions in the APAC region and it is the whole Asian region which looks like things may "heat up" in some not-too-distant future...

There are most certainly more welcoming, more stable and less tense places in this world one can commit to than Japan or even Asia...

best post I have read in a LOOONNG TIME! Well said blue!

-5 ( +5 / -10 )

As Chairman Mao said, "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."

Mao?! That was Lao Tzu, 2000 years ago.

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Yes, Japan’s Image has to be restored, not the actual facts of Japan, its image ie. Tatemae.

”International talent” (aka Students) has seen the True side of Japan and it isn’t pretty.

-3 ( +6 / -9 )

Good luck on that. Pfft!

-4 ( +4 / -8 )

Already that logic or conclusion fallacy that luring back more international students is related or leads also to having more real talents afterwards is completely false.

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

That horse's bones are already bleaching out in the sun somewhere far away, so no point bolting the barn door now.

Nah, they'll never change. Kishida just warned the other day about letting in more foreign people because a new variant is popping up -- like that found in the Japanese woman returning from her stay in the US (where she was allowed to enter).

Japan can lament the loss all they like and bemoan that it continues, but it is 100% their own fault, and they have been warned it would happen for the entire time. I know things often work here at the pace of a dead snail (eventually it liquifies and that liquid might move forward), but once again we see the result of it -- shoulder shrugs and laments about the situation, but zero attempt to actually change it.

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. I know things often work here at the pace of a dead snail (eventually it liquifies and that liquid might move forward), but once again we see the result of it -- shoulder shrugs and laments about the situation, but zero attempt to actually change it.

Liquid snail ..ha...well said.

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For that to EVER happen, Japan needs to change and change a lot of things and Japan is just not willing to make itself more internationally accessible, for one thing, starting from the basics of 2nd language, the Japanese don't even take English seriously and are not interested in it and it's not taught the way it should be taught so that more Japanese can make themselves more attractive as a vacation destination and as a nation that increasingly needs the outside world. Robots can't and won't be able to substitute real human interaction and as long as Japan is not willing to make quick and serious changes then this country is on a time clock away of becoming a second world nation and very fast.

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

the True side of Japan and it isn’t pretty

What country has a "true side" and what the heck is "pretty"?

My own country at the moment has plenty of "sides" and some are quite ugly. Yet I'm happy living here. But I was always happy living in Japan despite various ugly "sides".

I'm hoping it's people like me he's trying to lure back. I'm open to offers.

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Unless Japan raises wages to international standards the only international "talent" you are going to get is the ones you see on Japanese TV.

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