Shigeki Maeda, Executive Vice President at JETRO (Japan External Trade Organisation), an independent government body of Japan, said that they wanted 200,000 Indian IT professionals to come to their country by issuing green cards to let them relocate to their country and support its fast-growing IT infrastructure.
Speaking in Bengaluru on 8 March at the India-Japan Business Partnership Seminar, he was quoted by The Times of India as saying that at present, there were 920,000 IT professionals in Japan and said there was an urgent demand for more than 200,000 Indian IT professionals from India, which would probably grow in number to 800,000 by 2030.
The sudden demand has been spurred by the arrival of quick technological innovations to Japan’s societal needs, he said. He added that the Land of the Rising Sun was eager to plug this gap and turned to India for assisting their country in IT domain.
He said several companies in Japan are being constricted by traditional ‘in-house innovation.’ To move towards cutting-edge IT Technology Capabilities, India was seen as the perfect partner.
Maeda said that Japan was moving to embrace new and innovative technologies to radically change its manufacturing processes. He said that there was a paucity of skilled IT professionals in Japan to improve its competitiveness, especially in the fields of finance, services, agriculture and life-science.
According to Maeda, the government of Japan would issue green cards to talented professionals, said to be for the time in the world, and, in turn, offer skilled people assistance to obtain permanent residency in their country in just one year. This would be the fastest grant of residency in the world, it was stated.
Moreover, Japan has simplified visa rules for travellers from Indian from 1 January 2018. With these new rules, applicants need not submit their letters of explanation and their employment certificates for multiple-entry visas. In addition, Indians would need to submit only three documents. In case, an individual has visited Japan twice in one year, the number of documents needed would only be two – his/her passport and the application form for a visa.
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