【Dependence on Foreign Workers / by Industry】 Tokyo Rankings

【Dependence on Foreign Workers / by Industry】 Tokyo Rankings

2018-12-13

Japanese Culture & Customs

We’d like to provide information on which industries are most dependent on foreign workers listed by industry type, based on the Nikkei Shimbun rankings and focused on the Tokyo metropolitan area.

Starting from April 2019, the Japanese government will accept foreign workers in a wide range of fields, including unskilled labor.

Various industries such as construction, agriculture, hospitality, nursing care, and shipbuilding are suffering from a shortage of workers.

There will be new employment qualifications in some manufacturing and food service industries, etc.

Each year, convenience stores, factories and farms are growing increasingly dependent on foreign workers.

Currently, how many foreign workers, from where, and in which prefectures and what kind of industries are they working?
We’d like to provide this very interesting information.

【Chinese Nationals Boost the Working Population of Every Industry】

The Chinese work more than any other foreign nationals in every industry from wholesale to retail, hospitality, food services, manufacturing, telecommunications, construction, finance, and insurance companies.

Increasingly every year, Chinese workers are providing services in every kind of industry and every kind of business.

We are now seeing the reality of how to secure a work force in the changing times and with a decreasing population.

There will be an increase in demand for housing for Chinese workers. The system for Japanese real estate is not very flexible, however, so without excuses, we must work on being more globally minded.

【South Koreans and North Koreans also Boost the Population of Japan】

We found there are actually more Korean workers than Chinese in industries such as healthcare, social services, the service industry, living-related services and real estate.

Many people from other Asian countries are also moving to Japan for work.

Those who can speak their own language as well as Japanese fluently (which is categorized as difficult to master), are truly a global human resource.

Each industry or company can have their own plan to accept and utilize such resources to further develop their company.

【This Country Ranks Number 3 for Providing Workers】

As you can imagine, in first place were the Chinese, the most in terms of the number of workers in each industry and business type.

In second place the Koreans.

And ranked in third place, in fact, was not Americans, but Filipino workers.

An overwhelming number of Filipino people are working in Japan.

Seeing these top 3 rankings, there is no doubt that there are many foreign nationals working in Japan, for this reason, in the future multi-lingual services in English, Chinese, and Korean will be more commonly required in Japan

【To Sum Up】

Full scale globalization is required for companies in this time where initiatives to accept foreign workers are happening throughout the country.

Considering the variety of customs, cultures and manners, each company would be wise to look at the bigger picture and establish a “buyer persona” of target customers from overseas and implement plans and services for them as soon as possible.

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