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New Support Measures for Active Participation by Highly-skilled Foreign Professionals in Mid-ranking Enterprises and SMEs

Reception of applications for consultations on employment and settlement of such professionals (Mentor-based Support Measures) to start

April 5, 2019

As part of efforts to encourage the empowerment of highly-skilled foreign professionals in Japan, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) will jointly start Mentor-based Support Measures for mid-ranking and SMEs that are interested in employment of such professionals, including overseas students studying in Japan, to provide such enterprises with meticulous support of experts in a variety of steps, ranging from employment of such professionals to their settlement..

1. Background

To achieve the Society 5.0 policy and create innovations, it is indispensable for Japan to proactively accept overseas human resources having highly-advanced expert knowledge and skills (hereinafter referred to as “highly-skilled foreign professionals”). As part of efforts to encourage the active participation by highly-skilled foreign professionals in Japan, in December 2018, METI and JETRO established a “Open for Professionals Platform,” a system in which METI and JETRO, in collaboration with related ministers and agencies, provide information on and one-stop services for related measures in a manner that both highly-skilled foreign professionals, including overseas students studying in Japan, and companies intending to accept such professional are able to easily understand. METI and JETRO embarked on provision of information on related measures, events and other programs through a portal website called “Open for Professionals” on the platform.

2. Outline of the Mentor-based Support Measures

As part of a new effort involving the platform, in April 2019, METI and JETRO start Mentor-based Support Measures to support mid-ranking enterprises and SMEs in a variety of steps, ranging from understanding procedures for hiring such professionals, to solving challenges therein, to developing employment environments for attracting highly-skilled foreign professionals, and to encourage employed professionals to settle down in Japan. From April 5 (Fri.), 2019, 47 JETRO offices across Japan as well as the JETRO Headquarters in Tokyo and Osaka  start acceptance of applications for consultations from companies. In response to the reception of applications, coordinators will support applicant companies in a continuous manner and make arrangements for introducing experts to such companies, according to the details of their consultations, free of charge. If you are interested in this support, feel free to contact the Platform Secretariat.

Secretariat of the Open for Professionals Platform, JETRO Headquarters (Tokyo):
Telephone: 03-3582-4941

3. Future actions and other information

Collaborating with related ministers and agencies continuously, METI and JETRO will strive to promote necessary measures for encouraging the empowerment of highly-skilled foreign professionals through the platform. On April 19, 2019, METI and JETRO will mount new functions on the portal website, as an effort for further enrichment of the website, so as to help companies that are interested in employment of highly-skilled foreign professionals to convey their own information to overseas human resources. Moreover, in July 2019, on the portal website, they, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), will start provision of information on universities and colleges in Japan, to which overseas students who wish to be employed by Japanese companies belong, to companies in Japan. Moreover, they will endeavor to provide a variety of opportunities, such as job fairs (joint career fairs) and seminars for companies and highly-skilled foreign professionals.

4. Links to related information

Division in Charge

Technical Cooperation Division, Trade and Economic Cooperation Bureau

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