IDEAS home Printed from
   My bibliography  Save this article

Migration and competitiveness in science and engineering in Japan


  • Nana Oishi

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


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.

Suggested Citation

  • 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

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL:
    Download Restriction: no


    Citations are extracted by the CitEc Project, subscribe to its RSS feed for this item.

    Cited by:

    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

    More about this item


    ICT; highly skilled migration; global talent;


    Access and download statistics


    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:mig:journl:v:10:y:2013:i:2:p:228-244. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (TPLondon). General contact details of provider: .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    We have no references for this item. You can help adding them by using this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.