Yes, it’s Just Be Cause time again. No, it’s not the hoped-for wrap-up. Yes, it’s poor, even more poor than usual.
About the new special immigration scheme:
You must get 70 points on the Justice Ministry’s qualifying scale (see www.moj.go.jp/content/000083223.pdf) And it’s tough, really tough. Take the test and see if you qualify (I don’t).
Well, that’s because neither you nor I are millionaire PhDs. Laxman, care to tell us if you qualify? I suspect you might be borderline.
Visa regimes with illiterate foreigners facing insurmountable hurdles are what maintain Japan’s revolving-door labor market.
Now on to nurses:
These NJ were all qualified nurses in their own countries, so their only real obstacle was the Japanese language. Yet this visa program required that they pass the same nursing exam that native speakers sit.
And… The way to demonstrate their fluency is to pass a test of presumably a similar level of difficulty to their home country. If they cannot read the labels on Japanese medicine bottles, for instance, they are not qualified for Japan, simple as that.
A slight digression: I know of a number of people, and it is apparently a common route for Japanese people, who after studying nursing in Japan have gone to Australia or New Zealand on their own money, and studied for an international English nursing qualification (the name of which I cannot remember right now); do they complain about having to redo their exams again? Additionally, here’s someone complaining about doctors and nurses in the UK who cannot speak English.
humiliating unskilled labor, including bathing patients
Bathing patients is humiliating? Are you sure on that? I suspect Mr Arudou is going to get some negative feedback on that point!
This begs the question: If learning written Japanese was so important, why didn’t the government hire nurses from kanji-literate China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan?
Because, I guess, that would be too easy, and we’d get hordes of skilled Chinese.
Your guess? Why don’t you do some research instead. Furthermore, don’t Chinese come over on their own
dime yuan and study, just as mentioned above with Japanese going to the Antipodes.
Now we get to South Americans:
So, after nearly two decades of working full-time keeping Japan’s export industries price-competitive, the nikkei were told after 2008′s economic downturn that they were no longer employable. Because of — you guessed it — their lack of Japanese ability.
So, they were here for almost two decades but did not have enough Japanese ability to get an alternative job – whose fault is that? Furthermore, the way Mr Arudou has written that implies that all nikkei were told to get lost.
I think we can safely say that Japan’s working-visa regimes (including, if you think about it, even the JET Programme) are deliberately designed to discourage most NJ from ever settling here.
One of the prerogatives of a sovereign nation-state is the ability to make laws about who is a "member" of its society (i.e., a citizen) and who isn’t (i.e., a foreigner).
Axiomatic is that citizens have full rights and foreigners have fewer, meaning that the latter is in a weakened position in society.
So, you admit that any sovereign state may not grant foreigners as many rights as they grant to their citizens. Interesting…
So Japan’s visa regimes use criteria that practically guarantee foreigners stay disenfranchised — such as low language ability.
So what are you asking for? A requirement to learn the language, like the Indonesian nurses? Or do people have a higher chance of getting their visa renewals rejected if they pass JLPT Level 1?
But if a nation-state can set boundaries on membership, it must also set criteria for how people can surmount those boundaries and graduate into becoming members — in this case, making foreigners into Japanese citizens.
a less irradiated food chain
Ahh, we nearly made it all the way to the end, but he had to slip in a Fookooshimar into the second-last paragraph. Furthermore, as someone pointed out last time, irradiated food is most often found in the USA.
Japan has the option to believe that immigrants do not belong in Japan’s future. On the other hand, potential immigrants have the option to watch from afar as Japan withers into an economic backwater. Again, by design.
I can’t really see how the second sentence follows from the first.