From Debito’s site: Julian Ryall on how Japanese employees educated abroad are denied opportunities by Japanese companies

Here. Hiroko Tabuchi had an article up on this same theme just recently. (H/t “GiantPanda”)

So what happens? Young Japanese are encouraged to study abroad. In America, say. Then, they return home to Japan, only to find that their newfound skills are not as highly-sought-after as “internationalizing” Japan had said they would be. If hired, they get shunted into dead-end work, or oddball positions. Old Japan very much wants to remain unchanging Japan.

Ironically, our own U.S. Embassy-cum-college-recruitment-division has been, under John Roos, trying to get more young Japanese to come and study in America, to get the numbers back up to where they were in the 1990s (40,000 something versus 17,000 — the difference, by the way, ain’t enrolling in Temple Japan Campus). The question should fairly be asked: WHY? Why would young Japanese do this, unless they are planning to take the further step of hightailing out of Japan for a career overseas?

And if so, what does that say, bilaterally, for the lousy time that Americans in Japan have when it comes to receiving the benefits of Japanese Labor Law? So young Japanese come and take our college-level jobs, but relatively few Americans get to go to Japan and take the professional, internationalized jobs for which Japan isn’t–according to the articles–in much of a hurry to hire native-born Japanese for? What gives?

Old Japan wants to take care of itself. That sounds like the bottom line.

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2 comments

  1. Mustang.Koji · June 10, 2013

    Well, Old Japan is taking a bite in the arse… They will be encountering a tremendous shortage of employees as many younger couples have only one child or do not marry at all.

  2. Jim Di Griz · June 12, 2013

    Q:’What gives?’
    A; Xenophobia and an irrationally extreme fear of change.

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