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Migration and competitiveness in science and engineering in Japan

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  • Nana Oishi

    (Faculty of Liberal Arts, Sophia University, 7-1 Kioi-Cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 102-8554 Japan)

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This article focuses on highly skilled migrants employed in science and engineering, especially the information and communication technology (ICT) sector. Despite the fact that Japan is the third largest economy in the world, and is known for cutting-edge science and technology, the percentage of foreign scientists and engineers employed in Japan is the lowest among major industrialized countries. Can Japan attract highly skilled professionals as global competition of talent grows more fierce and the population ages? The author concludes that Japanese corporations will have to intro-duce more global human resource practices such as diversity management policies and performance-based pay/promotion schemes, and that the government will have to further expand the new point system to provide more incentives for skilled foreigners to work in Japan. Improving Japanese universities' research and education capacity would also be necessary to attract top-level international students who are the prospective highly skilled.

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  • Nana Oishi, 2013. "Migration and competitiveness in science and engineering in Japan," Migration Letters, Transnational Press London, UK, vol. 10(2), pages 228-244, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:mig:journl:v:10:y:2013:i:2:p:228-244
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    1. Atsushi Kondo, 2015. "Migration and Law in Japan," Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 2(1), pages 155-168, January.
    2. repec:krk:eberjl:v:5:y:2017:i:4:p:111-133 is not listed on IDEAS

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    ICT; highly skilled migration; global talent;

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