I had to wait 10 years to qualify for permanent residency in Japan. The Ministry of Justice is now looking to cut it to ONE. Permanent residency is a privilege not a right and I respect that although in the end I reckon 90% of the decision was based on how much tax I paid. You are required to dole out your past 3 years tax returns as documented evidence. So the fast tracking of permanent residency is only for senior management, researchers and other value added foreigners. It actually makes a lot of sense.
Japan needs to arrest a sharply declining (working) population but it would be better served with tax breaks and such incentives because that would drive foreign corporations to consider making Tokyo a proper ‘regional hub’ which would not only support jobs but boost the housing market and other tax feathering opportunities.
I am meeting with politicians here to drive that message but ‘tax reform’ is a taboo word although a Poland style tax reform especially for corporations (70% pay no tax) is being looked into which would be massive.
I will absolutely congratulate Japan for putting its citizens first over foreigners, especially refugees. It might sound cold but this society is completely at odds with flexibility. To be honest as an asylum seeker, Japan is not remotely geared to supporting them when you have a survey showing poverty being the number one concern of people, Japan will look after its citizens first. That’s how it should be. It is not up to the rest of the world to lecture Japan on its culture either. I only wish my country would protect its culture in a similar manner.
To turn the argument on its head, when the EU tries to forcibly redirect 1000s of refugees to Hungary which had a referendum with 98% (albeit a 45% turnout) saying they didn’t want them, have Juncker et al asked the refugees whether they really want to settle in Budapest? If I were a refugee it would be the last thing I’d want – regular visits from Jobbik thugs. Japan doesn’t have thuggery but as hospitable as a people as they are unlikely to be able to accommodate refugees with sustainable futures in a country that is deeply protective of its culture, values and sense of respect.