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232341 2 3 Three generations posing for a family picture in HawaiiJapanese emigrants departing for distant shoresFourth-generation Nikkei with a supporter and Japanese language skills may be able to apply for a longer-term work visaPhoto of Nikkei in Latin America4 Photos courtesy of JICA Yokohama International Centre Japanese Overseas Migration MuseumMore details are available here on the Ministry of Justice’s website:http://www.moj.go.jp/nyuukokukanri/kouhou/nyuukokukanri07_00166.htmlan “immigration supporter” that works free of charge to assist fourth-generation Nikkei in their lives, activities and work after arrival in Japan. Relatives living in Japan, employers—whether individuals or nonprofit organizations—and others can become supporters. The Ministry of Justice is also considering a backup system that would solicit supporters for those without any relatives or acquaintances in Japan.for this one and placed no restrictions on activities or work during their stay,” he says. “However, we heard that some third-generation Nikkei living in Japan do not understand Japanese and suffer because they do not fit into the community they are living in. By establishing the need for a certain level of Japanese ability and a supporter, we believe their lives can go smoothly in Japan.” An essential aspect of this new system is having According to Eiji Takasuga, the Ministry of Justice Immigration Office Entry and Status Division’s chief general examiner, the existence of supporters is vital to implementing this system. “We referred to the working holiday program To ensure that unscrupulous employers do not take advantage of the system, he adds, care must be paid to who is selected as the supporter. “We’ve also created a framework to provide help to the supporter to ease their burden as much as possible.”Yoshihiro Umehara, deputy director of the Entry and Status Division, has great hopes for these fourth-generation Nikkei. “We want them to experience Japanese culture and deepen their understanding of and interest in Japan,” he says. “We hope that when they return to their home countries, they will talk about Japan’s attractive aspects and help build a bridge between our country and theirs.”Having young people with Japanese roots come to Japan and experience Japanese culture and society is of huge significance for Japan and Nikkei relations alike. The country hopes that many fourth-generation Nikkei come to live in Japan.

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