As Japan prepares to open the gates to more foreigners, the country has also begun to loosen the purse strings. The struggle of many low skilled industries to maintain a strong workforce has led companies to increase the average salary of workers all around Japan to attract more employees. In recent years, Japan has continuously had to raise the minimum wage, making it the country with the highest minimum wage in Asia. That is fantastic news all-around for employees, but for foreign workers, it is especially great since a new law requires companies to pay workers from overseas the same wages as their Japanese counterparts.
Industries included in the new “Specified Skills” visa (like Nursing, Hospitality, and Food Service) offer an annual salary from 2,350,000 yen to 3,300,000 yen, which is near the average annual income for the country. In the case of resin factory workers, data from 2017 showed that the average annual income for men was 4,349,100 yen and 3,003,300 yen for women. Japan has one of the best salaries countries in Asia, so it is a great opportunity for foreigners to join the workforce. This kind of pay paired with Japan’s surprising livability means that you can easily earn and save money.
Recently exams have begun to roll out for the new “Specified Skills” visa, which plans to bring in 345,000 workers from abroad over the next 5 years. Applicants will be expected to have enough knowledge and experience to pass a basic industry exam, and the JLPT N4 (Japanese Language Proficiency Test). So with some basic Japanese and industry skills, it is possible to leap forward and start making a decent income in one of the most livable countries in the world. In fact, some polls reveal the Japan is the second most popular place to live. Now is the time to take advantage of Japan’s relatively high wages and worker shortage.
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