As reported by Workpermit.com on May 6, 2016, Japanese immigration is desperate to attract more foreign workers. Reports emerging from Japan indicate that the Japanese government is now planning to relax visa requirements for foreign ski instructors in a bid to revitalize the country’s declining skiing industry.
However, while the relaxing of visa requirements is intended to attract more foreign ski instructors, the Japanese government also hopes that the plans will prevent foreign tourists from working illegally as skiing instructors when visiting Japan.
According to the Kyodo news agency – a non-profit cooperative news agency based in Minato, Tokyo – Japan’s Justice Ministry is also considering granting some type of resident status to foreign ski instructors. In addition Japan intends to offer the highest-level qualification issued by the Switzerland-based International Ski Instructors Association, which has a membership of 10,700 worldwide.