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FAQ Frequently Asked Questions Working & Living

WORKING
SKILLS 求められる能力

Q. What sort of skills and abilities
are in demand?

A.Looking at the ideal non-Japanese personnel sought by employers, "Personnel who think in the same way as high-level Japanese personnel" was the most common response (56.6%). This was followed by "Specialized personnel with advanced technical skills or abilities" (32%) and then "Specialized personnel to play a role in overseas business dealings" (27.5%).* Behavioral abilities such as teamwork and communication ability were also relevant for employers evaluating applicants. Non-Japanese applicants should expect the same skills and abilities to be sought by employers. For non-Japanese applicants, specialized skills such as expert knowledge or language ability are even more prioritized.

Examples of desirable
behavioral abilities

Teamwork

The ability to understand one's own role, and to cooperate with the team to produce results

Ability to build relationships

The ability to encourage those around you in order to create good relations with other people

Ability to achieve goals

The ability to think and act on one's own in order to understand and achieve targets and goals

Flexibility

The ability to accept and respect other people's opinions and new ways of thinking

Problem-solving ability

The ability to become aware of problems and issues on one's own, and to devise and carry out methods to resolve these

Leadership

The ability to bring out and engage the best qualities of those around you in order to achieve goals

Examples of desirable skills*

Specialized knowledge
  • Personnel who can utilize advanced technical skills and abilities
    (researchers, engineers, etc.)
  • Personnel who can handle overseas business dealings
    (overseas sales, etc.)
Language ability
Japanese
ability
  • Level capable of creating written documents such as reports
  • Level capable of handling business dealings
English ability
  • Daily conversational level

※From the Survey on Acceptance and Utilization of High-Level Non-Japanese Human Resources by Companies, by the Japan Institute for Labour Policy and Training (Independent Administrative Agency), dated May 2013

IT-related 
Human Resources & General
Team Manager

The principal reason for hiring non-Japanese personnel is because we want to hire outstanding personnel. At our company, we are happy to welcome outstanding personnel, regardless of nationality—they may be Japanese or they may not be Japanese. Even if they are non-Japanese, in light of the communication aspect, I believe that they are capable of applying their skills in the same way as Japanese employees after joining the company. Working with outstanding non-Japanese personnel is very stimulating for Japanese employees, and it energizes the whole organization. I also expect them to play a bridging role in relations with our overseas connections, and to play a role in ensuring that business proceeds smoothly.

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