Aichi language school students have one year to find employment after graduation

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Students at Japanese-language schools in Aichi Prefecture, central Japan, will soon be able to extend their stay in the country for one year after graduation to seek employment in the region.

The prefecture, home to Toyota Motor Corp., was recently designated as a special strategic area and hopes to give local businesses better access to up-and-coming international students.

“There are a lot of them in the prefecture, especially manufacturers, moving overseas to regions such as Southeast Asia,” an Aichi official said. “We would like international students to stay and play an active role. “

A foreign student attending a Japanese language school seeking employment in the country usually needs to be offered a job while studying or re-enrolled at a national university or vocational college to continue their job search.

The system has been criticized for the toll it levies on applicants, as unsuccessful people are forced to return home.

It targets those who arrived after graduating from college abroad and intend to settle in the certified area.

Japanese language schools will be required to hold regular meetings with graduates about their job search and to introduce potential employers.

As of May 2019, 3,273 foreign students were attending Japanese language schools in Aichi. The prefecture was designated as a special zone on September 14 and will start accepting applications from October.

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