Japan offers Green card for Indian Techies and IT professionals: Here is what you should know

A few days ago, the Indian media was buzzing with news of Japan opening its immigration program to attract hundreds of thousands of Indians. An article in the Economic Times said 
Japan will open up its doors to about two lakh IT professionals from India, and issue green cards to settle down in Japan and support the country's rapidly expanding IT infrastructure, said Shigeki Maeda, Executive Vice President at Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO), a government body, here on Thursday.  
“Currently there are around 9,20,000 IT professionals in the country and there is an immediate demand for more than 2,00,000 IT professionals from India which is likely to further swell to 8,00,000 professionals by 2030," he said in his keynote address at the India-Japan Business Partnership Seminar, which was jointly organised by Bangalore Chamber of Industry and Commerce and Jetro. 

The Japanese Immigration Bureau, Ministry of Justice has published a guide that explains "Points-based Preferential Immigration Treatment for Highly-Skilled Foreign Professionals"



Those aspiring to pack their bags and immigrate to Japan will have to plan ahead and learn a few basics

  • Japanese culture - Japan has a rich culture, history and tradition. You should learn to appreciate and engage with the culture if you are going to 'live' there. 
  • Language - If you are going to live in Japan for an extended period of time, you must learn Japanese. Check out the following response in the social media site, Quora "Are Japanese people impressed by a foreigner who can fluently speak Japanese?" The blog post is a candid account of a foreigner's experience with the language "Because the more Japanese I spoke, the more I was expected to follow the rules BUT as a foreigner, all the rules are stacked against you. Getting a drivers licence, apartment, any non-English teaching job, they're all set up to basically prevent foreigners from succeeding."
  • Language of businessJapanese is the only official language. But few people other than officials, academics and businessmen who are in frequent contact with foreigners can speak English well. Bear in mind many Japanese are sometimes too polite to let you know when they do not fully understand. Even IT developers and tech professionals must learn Japanese before they can seek opportunities. 
Those planning to immigrate to Japan will have to keep in mind the old adage : in Japan, learn to do as Japanese do !

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