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Workplaces need to display signs in English and improve their health care and educational systems as a means of increasing their appeal.

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Mitsumaru Kumagai, a researcher at Daiwa Institute of Research Ltd, speaking about the challenges Japanese companies face in attracting non-student foreign workers.

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I am curious why domtoidi got so many thumbs-down. 

Is the Japanese health-care system so much more broken than places elsewhere? What am I missing?

My experiences to date have been very positive and I am impressed with the care.

However; there are areas that are desperately crying out for more expansion and resources - mental health care is the big one.

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Cutting benefits like health insurance and forcing young people to pay for their own education, like MBA programs, rather than in-house training, is part of the "flexible" free-market "reform" movement.

It seems this guy wants to turn the clock back to the era of high economic growth and stability. What's wrong with him?

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Signs in Engrish won't "attract" any candidates.

Try compelling roles, great training, clear career progression, managers that value real productivity as opposed to butts-in-seats for 14 hrs/day equates to a "loyal worker", market-rate salaries, an end to meetings after 6PM and so on...

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I usually find myself in agreement with Kumagai-san but not on this.

English signs probably shouldn't be a top concern. If your workforce can't communicate with one another you're going to struggle I fear. (I remember seeing an English sign on the road down in Shikoku that said we were coming up to "Toon Town". We were just passing through a place called 東温市, as I recall, so good luck finding Bugs Bunny if you couldn't read Kanji.)

The biggest draw for me when considering working for any particular employer would be that they have a talented workforce - that is the people that one works with have valuable knowledge and skills, and the ability to communicate effectively with one another. (Is my bar too low? I suspect it might be exceedingly high?)

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I am curious why domtoidi got so many thumbs-down. 

Is the Japanese health-care system so much more broken than places elsewhere? What am I missing?

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I suppose the poor salaries on offer have nothing to do with the problem?

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I am curious why domtoidi got so many thumbs-down. 

Because I'm from a country whose health care is as accessible as Japan's but more affordable, and I've had a couple of bad experiences at the hands of Japanese doctors, nurses and dentists. And no, I don't come from "the moon. "

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Improve health care compared to where? Where is health care more accessible and reasonable in cost than Japan? The Moon?

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