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“Handbook for the Employment of International Students and Empowerment after Hiring” Formulated

February 28, 2020

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) jointly formulated a “Handbook for the Employment of International Students and Empowerment of Such Employed Students.” This handbook aims to help companies to promote flexibility in the recruitment process, human resource development and providing better working conditions after hiring by responding to the diversity of international students.

1. Background and purpose

In December 2018, the Ministerial Conference on Acceptance and Coexistence of Foreign nationals decided on Comprehensive Measures for Acceptance and Coexistence of Foreign nationals and in June 2019, a cabinet decision was made on the Basic Policy on Economic and Fiscal Management and Reform 2019. These policies stipulate that the Japanese Government should share best practices in order to promote flexibility in the recruitment process and treatment after hiring by responding to the diversity of the international students.

In light of these goals, in August 2019, the joint secretariat of three ministries- MEXT, MHLW and METI - in collaboration with universities, industrial players, business support organizations and other entities, inaugurated a project team for Employment of International Students and Empowerment after Hiring.

Based on the results of the discussions by the project team, the joint secretariat formulated a “Handbook for the Employment of International Students and Empowerment after Hiring.” This handbook presents a 12-point checklist showing key points that companies should ascertain in recruiting corresponded to the diversity of international students and in making flexible efforts for human resource development and providing better working conditions after hiring. It also provides streamlined case examples of leading companies.

2. Outline of the handbook

3. Links to related information

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Human Resources Policy Office, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau