This event would be conducted in Japanese without translation.
We are pleased to welcome a distinguished panelist to share with us the current picture and future vision of the employment of foreign nationals in Japan.
While the Japanese government aims to increase the number of visitors from outside Japan to be 40 million, double the figure of the last year, by 2020, it is essential to not only increase the number of visitors to Japan, but to also provide such visitors with experience a unique Japanese cultural experience. This led to the launch of an advisory council by the Japan Tourism Agency (JTA) to develop experience-based tourism resources. On the other hand, such experience-based tourism requires finely-tuned service (or labor-intensive service), which is not limited to just translation. One big issue that Japan is facing now is a serious labor shortage, particularly those who can fulfill such roles in multiple languages.
JAEFN, to which Mr. Saito serves as a legal counsel, has been providing policy recommendations (proposals) that led to the relaxation of working visa regulation under a framework of National Strategic Special Zone (Kokka Senryaku Tokku) focusing on human resources to support inbound and the “Cool Japan” strategy. JAEFN continues to provide policy recommendations on not only tourism but also other business fields in a strategic manner, and calls upon the government for improvement in working and living environments.
Upon admission to Japan Federation of Bar Associations and Tokyo Bar Association in 2006, Takahiro Saito worked as an attorney at a law firm, started independent practice in 2013, and then established his own firm, New Port Law Office in 2016. In addition to clinical and preventive legal affairs, he is dedicated to strategic legal affairs including lobbying. He is a leading figure on the recent reform of the Entertainment and Amusement Trades Control Act (Fueiho in Japanese), which applies to night entertainment business, and is used to restrict dance classes and clubs.
He focuses on building industry circles associated with deregulation, rule making, and supporting businesses. He is dedicated to working on the loosening of work visa restrictions, focusing on creative and talented foreign nationals.
Cynthia Usui, Chair
Sanae Sekiya, Vice Chair
ACCJ Tourism Industry Committee
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