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2018 Vol.3
Encouraging Women and Highly Skilled Foreign Workers to Stay in the Tokai Region and Become a Driving Force of Industrial Vitalization

2018/08/14

Population declines have led to labor shortages. Firms cannot avoid business globalization. In such conditions, firms must utilize workers with diverse attributes and values. Based on various data and the result of a questionnaire survey conducted by Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting, this paper focuses on women and highly skilled foreign workers and examines how workers with various attributes may stay in the Tokai region and realize their potential. Attention must be given to differences from Japanese men.particularly, language and cultural differences in the case of highly skilled foreign workers and “work-life balance” at various life stages in the case of women. It is also necessary to bear in mind that few women or highly skilled foreign workers are actively working in the Tokai region. Accordingly, there are four main points in encouraging women and highly skilled foreign workers to realize their potentials in the Tokai region: (1) having them chose to stay in the region (preventing them from moving to other areas), (2) accommodating personal differences at the time of hiring and during employment, (3) raising the profile of role models, and (4) increasing locally available opportunities. First, in order to have women and highly skilled foreign workers chose to stay in the Tokai region, it is important to inform them of various local opportunities to realize their potentials through career education programs and other channels. This is necessary because the Tokai region is considered to have less such opportunities than the Tokyo Metropolitan Area. Second, for accommodating personal differences, relevant stakeholders need to provide support and flexibility in Japanese language education for highly skilled foreign workers and in work-life balance for women. Third, raising the profile of role models is very important as not many women or highly skilled foreign workers are actively working in the Tokai region. Fourth, increasing locally available opportunities, such as those for self-improvement and cultural and other exchanges, is needed as the Tokai region is rated lower than the Tokyo Metropolitan Area in this respect.

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