LDP(Liberal Democratic Party of Japan) Immigration Policy

LDP(Liberal Democratic Party of Japan) Jiyū-Minshutō(abbrev. Jimintō or Jimin)
challenging a longstanding taboo on immigration
This may not be appropriate before the upper house election, Kimura said. The poll is set for July.
Japan ruling party to tackle ‘taboo’ of expanding foreign labour force
Reuters Thu Mar 3, 2016 6:02am GMT

Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe (the President of the Liberal Democratic Party, LDP)

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Globalization Committee / Growth Strategy Task Force / ACCJ
グローバル化委員会 / 成長戦略タスクフォース / 在日米国商工会議所
Viewpoint: Mitigate the Decline in Japan’s Population and Support Japan’s Economic Future by Significantly Expanding the Use of Foreign Workers
Date added: 10/28/2015, Valid Through October 2016
Globalization Committee / Growth Strategy Task Force
The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan
Masonic 39 MT Bldg. 10F, 2-4-5 Azabudai, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0041

We propose the following:
1. Revise minimum eligibility requirements to establish permanent residence status, by, for example establishing incentives for young foreign married couples to come to Japan to live and work. For example, all spouses of visa holders should be allowed to work full time. Currently, many spousal visa holders are limited to working 28 hours a week.
2. Develop more flexible and attractive self-sponsorship visa options for foreign investors and entrepreneurs who invest the minimum five million yen in business startup capital, and provide incentives for these investors to locate outside large cities and their surrounding areas. For example, the annual renewal filing could be increased to three years for foreign investors who locate in rural areas.
3. Continue relaxing the Japanese language requirement for foreign specialists who have successfully passed licensing exams in their own countries and wish to work in Japan, as is being implemented in nursing.
4. Reduce the work experience requirement for foreign high school graduates seeking
a visa to work in Japan from ten years to five. In addition, young foreign nationals trained in either vocational high schools (such as those in South Korea and Finland) or vocational schools (tertiary level) should be given special consideration.
5. Create provisional visa options or reduce the processing time in order to allow a transition from tourist visa to business investor visa without leaving the country for those foreigners who show the means and intent to invest in or create a business in Japan.
6. Provide qualified foreign students who have completed four years of education at a Japanese university with the option to expedite acquisition of permanent residency after one year of work after graduation (credit years of study toward a five-year path to permanent residency).
7. Relax the visa requirements for foreign students who have studied in Japan under the Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) scholarship program to allow them to work in Japan following the conclusion of their studies. This measure would provide Japan access to a diverse pool of highly trained, motivated, Japanese speaking talent prepared to contribute immediately to the Japanese economy.

Some of the above recommendations are focused simply on making it easier for non-Japanese nationals who already have some affinity for Japan, or who already work here, to remain in Japan to live and work. Other recommendations focus on retaining those foreigners in Japan who have a strong basis for cultural and linguistic integration (such as local university graduates) on a longer-term basis. We submit that modifying the rules in certain ways will make it statistically more likely that people who would like to live and work in Japan will be able to do so. Some portion of such people, or their children, will take Japanese citizenship and live and work in Japan for generations.

ACCJ | Growth Strategy Task Force | The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan

The ACCJ therefore urges the government of Japan to improve its immigration procedures and integrate immigration policy with its economic growth strategy.” – ACCJ
したがって、ACCJは、日本政府に、移民手続を改善し、移民政策を経済成長戦略に統合するよう要請する。” – ACCJ(在日米国商工会議所
CHARTING A NEW COURSE FOR GROWTH – Recommendations for Japan’s Leaders
Date added: 06/15/2012

Casinos in Japan: No Gamble Here – Developing Japan’s Next Strategic Growth Opportunity (Presentation Slides)
Date added: 08/23/2012

Viewpoint: Add Flexibility to the Labor Contract Law to Address Burgeoning Social Inequality While Spurring Economic Growth
Date added: 03/02/2015

Public Comment to the Office for the Promotion of Regional Revitalization, Cabinet Office on the Draft Guidelines on Introduction of Foreign Domestic Workers Hiring Project in National Strategic Special Zones
Date added: 08/17/2015

Viewpoint: The Government Pension Investment Fund and its Asset Managers Should Support Japan’s Corporate Governance Code
Date added: 10/19/2015

Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe Visits the NYSE

The era in which the world is overparticular about borders and nationality is now a thing of the past.” – Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, at the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, September 25, 2013

It is historically inevitable that our two countries would help to craft the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, or TPP.” – Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, at the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Address by H.E. Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, at the New York Stock Exchange
Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe
The Prime Minister Attends the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (Davos Meeting) Wednesday, January 22, 2014
On January 22 (local time), Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attended the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Annual Meeting (Davos Meeting).
Upon arriving at Davos in the Swiss Confederation, the Prime Minister attended a lunch reception hosted by Professor Klaus Schwab, Executive Chairman of the WEF, in the Congress Centre. In the afternoon, the Prime Minister held talks with Mr. George Soros, and then held an exchange of views with the International Business Council. Subsequently, the Prime Minister conversed with the Hon. Mr. Tony Abbott, Prime Minister of Australia, and then delivered a keynote speech. In the evening, the Prime Minister attended a dinner banquet with women leaders.

The Trans Pacific Partnership, or TPP, will remain a central pillar of my economic policies. We will push ahead the Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement. Those will surely make Japan’s economy even more deeply integrated into global flows of knowledge, trade and investment. Companies and people from abroad will find Japan among the most business-friendly places in the world.” – Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, at the Congress Centre, Davos, Switzerland, World Economic Forum 2014 Annual Meeting, Wednesday, January 22, 2014

I am the spearhead” – Shinzo Abe
Address to a Joint Meeting of the U.S. Congress by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe / Prime Minister’s Office of Japan
“We are bringing great reforms toward the agriculture policy that’s been in place for decades. We are also bringing sweeping reforms to our agricultural cooperatives that have not changed in 60 long years. Corporate governance in Japan is now fully in line with global standards, because we made it stronger. Rock-solid regulations are being broken in such sectors as medicine and energy. And I am the spearhead. To turn around our depopulation, I am determined to do whatever it takes. We are changing some of our old habits to empower women so they can get more actively engaged in all walks of life. In short, Japan is right in the middle of a quantum leap. My dear members of the Congress, please do come and see the new Japan, where we have regained our spirit of reform and our sense of speed. Japan will not run away from any reforms. We keep our eyes only on the road ahead and push forward with structural reforms. That’s TINA: There Is No Alternative. And there is no doubt about it whatsoever. ” – Shinzo Abe

Address by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to a Joint Meeting of the U.S. Congress
“Toward an Alliance of Hope” (April 29, 2015)