Ministry describes the rules that companies must follow in hiring foreign workers

Companies that accept foreign workers under a new "specific skills" visa should not only offer salaries at the same level as the Japanese, but also submit reports every three months to show they are meeting the provision.

This is one of the requirements of a new work visa system for foreign nationals that will begin in April, under an outline of guidelines published on the Ministry of Justice website at 28 in December.

Companies that violate any of the provisions will be prohibited from hiring foreign workers with the new visa for five years.

The specific skills visa will cover 14 business sectors.

The outline of the ministerial order established basic conditions for companies that could hire foreign workers. In addition to the salary condition, companies will be forced to shift the monthly salaries to workers' savings accounts.

Checks will also be made to ensure that these companies have no ties to organized crime and have not used brokers who abused foreign workers when dispatching them.

The draft order also contained a support plan that companies must implement to ensure that foreign workers can integrate into the community. This includes support for Japanese language training, housing assurance and guidance on everyday aspects of life in Japan.

A new agency to replace the Immigration Department will be tasked with verifying whether companies are implementing such plans and maintaining the required conditions of companies that accept foreign workers.

Companies will be required to report every three months, not only on salary payments, but also on other support measures they must provide.

The Justice Ministry website also has a page to send comments on the ministerial draft of the general public. He will accept this entry until January 26.

Officials at the Ministry of Justice plan to hold a hearing with Diet members at the end of January to discuss the details of the new system and the ministerial order will be formally issued in March.

Source: Asahi