Japan Proposes Job Change Flexibility for Foreign Workers in Trainee Program

Plan allows foreign workers to change jobs with Japanese proficiency.

Amendments aim to provide flexibility in the technical intern program.

Trainees can shift to a new employer in the same field.

Requirements include passing a skills test and basic Japanese proficiency.

Job change limited to the same field, not across industries.

Draft proposal suggests a three-year stay initially for foreign workers.

Qualified workers may get a specified skilled worker visa for five years.

Advanced skills assessment and N4 level Japanese proficiency required.

This offers a pathway to a level 2 visa for long-term employment.

Hong Kong introduces two-year multiple-entry visas for foreign workers.

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