VISA / Residing in Japan
FY2015 INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON ACCEPTANCE OF FOREIGN NATIONALS AND THEIR INTEGRATION INTO JAPAN (Overview)
Diversity Management in Workplaces: Do Japanese Firms Provide Attractive and Fulfilling Working Environment?
March 14, 2016
1 Overview and evaluation
(2)Although globalization has increased in Japanese companies, the companies need to make more effort to create workplaces where foreign national employees realize that they are accepted. Additionally, Japanese companies should also consider the fact that expatriates, in general, pursue opportunities to develop their careers more rapidly than Japanese people do. On the panelists' shared understanding of the circumstances, their candid discussion focused on how Japanese companies, superiors, and colleagues can help foreign employees, especially highly skilled ones, to exhibit their abilities and play active roles, which resulted in helpful suggestions.
2 Suggestions from the panelists and the Chairman’s statement (Chairman: Mr. Masayuki Kitaura, Counselor of the Japan Productivity Center)
(1) Suggestions from the panelists
- Japanese personnel systems should reflect an individual's perspective and be flexible to be changed when it is suggested some points. A clear evaluation system will facilitate employees' career development.
- Foreign employees' supervisors and colleagues should communicate with them proactively. This will help to promote growth of mutual understanding of each other and lead to further career development. Furthermore, it is essential that Japanese businesses create pleasant working environments, with employees in healthy relationships, evaluate employees accurately regardless of race or nationality, keep their fair evaluation systems visible, and clarify their corporate strategies.
- Japanese companies should no longer rely on tacit agreements or assumptions, but on communication based on the assumption that nothing has been agreed, which will strengthen mutual understanding of each other and build a foundation for embracing diverse cultures.
- Having the concept of accepting expatriates is not good enough. People should act in such a way that expatriates feel respected and included in the organization.