Originally Posted by catsknowme
It kinda sounds like a good plan, and maybe cheaper than paying benefits. The foreign workers don't like it, and some Japanese fear that Japan will have a labor shortage later on, when the economy turns around.
It seems that the Latin American countries have an overpopulation (source of cheap immigrant labor) that will continue, until they espouse a religion that allows birth control. And therefore, Japan can always bring back more low-paid foreign workers to fill the spots for the "hard, dirty and/or dangerous" jobs (sound familiar?).
Some Japanese think that there should just be less disparity between low paid laborers and high paid business execs, but aren't profits what capitalism is about?
This story is not a simple as it sounds. These "labor workers" are immigrants from Brasil, Japanese descent. About 100 years ago a large number of Japanese immigrated to Brazil as labor workers for the coffee plantains, and after the second World war, Brasil was one of the countries that provided amnesty to the Japanese population that fled the country - consequently, we have only in Sao Paulo alone, the largest number of Japanese people outside of Japan.
The majority of these so called "labor workers", are Japanese-Brasilian legally in Japan, who have the right to be there because of their Japanese parents, and who moved to Japan in search of a better life.
This is not at all a similar case to the US. These people can not be deported, and are not being deported, which is why Japan is offering them money to leave willingly. They are Japanese people by birth, and one or both of their parents are Japanese.
Clearly, the government, with the current crisis, finds it less costly to give them a sum of $$$ to leave, than to pay for unemployment benefits. They are only doing this because they know these people can go back to their own country by choice only.
As far as "quality labor", there is nothing to do with it. The a great percentage of these people are well educated in their countries, but when immigrating, not speaking the language fluently, without a work history in the country, it is quite hard to find a job in their field, which is why they go into the sub-employment market. Let's face it - what is the number of schools in the world that teach Japanese as a second language?
The huge and IMO immoral, if not illegal problem here, is that they are taking advantage of these peoples stress, offering them money, and in return they will revoke their legal and legitimate right to be in Japan- these people will never be able to get into Japan again. This, IMO, is ludicrous, since these people are Japanese!
This is a completely different situation than the immigration problem in the US - we are not talking about illegal immigrants here - we are talking about unemployed citizens.
I am a foreigner, an American Citizen, and I am on unemployment - now what? Should I be sent back to Brazil because of this crisis too? Sorry, but this whole thing if not bizarre, is just plain stupid to me. We are not the ones responsible for this mess, and should NOT be the ones being punished because of it! Oh ,yeah - maybe we should just send all the unemployed Japanese in Brasil back to Japan too. That would do it.