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07. “Becoming a Fukuoka that Attracts Asians”





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Column 07. Becoming a Fukuoka that Attracts Asians

(by Yumi NAKAMURA, Researcher)
Within Japan, there is growing interest in diversity—that is, the best way to create a society in which effective use can be made of diversity in human resources. For example, as discussed in “Diversity Management Selection 100” created by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, in term of workers, companies are taking on the challenge of working to create a system in which it is easy for various types of people (elderly, those with handicaps, women, foreigners, etc.) to work, make use of their individual traits, and fully demonstrate their abilities.
One of the reasons for this is because Japan is facing a major decline in its future working age population on account of a falling birthrate and graying of society, and a search is on for various ways to achieve growth in the future. It can be argued that under these conditions, there is a need to aggressively capture vitality from throughout the world, including human resources, by leveraging efforts to strengthen ties with countries and regions with which negotiations on economic partnership agreements are moving forward.
The question is to what extent Fukuoka City can incorporate that trend. If one focuses on the distinguishing aspects of Fukuoka City, the city has undertaken urban development by creating strong ties to Asia in terms of geography and economic activity. In recent years, there has also been a dramatic increase in the number of visitors to Japan that make use of the Port of Hakata and Fukuoka Airport, and a personality of a Fukuoka with strong ties to Asia is becoming evident.
Furthermore, there has been an upward trend in the number of non-Japanese residents in recent years. In addition to people from China and Korea, the number of people from Nepal and Vietnam has been growing since 2013. International students now make up 30% of non-Japanese residents, which means that mainly young people in their twenties and thirties are drawn to Japan, and this gives new life to Fukuoka, the home of many young people. From a long-term perspective, too, non-Japanese who live and work in Fukuoka are expected to be indispensable human resources for the future growth of Fukuoka City.
Fukuoka City is striving to become a universal city that respects diversity and is easy for everyone to live in. One way to achieve this is for Fukuoka to become a city in which people from other Asian countries who live in the city can contribute to the city. If Fukuoka can do that, it will probably not only evolve into a tolerant, attractive city in which the differences in the values of people from various countries and regions are accepted and intermingle but also become an innovative city with a prominent presence both in Japan and overseas.
As for the types of workers discussed previously, human resources from overseas are beginning to make active contributions, such as generating new ideas for companies they work at and playing key roles in cooperation between Japanese companies and their overseas offices. In Fukuoka City, it is hoped that promoting the Special Zone for Global Startups and Job Creation will transform the city into one that attracts more human resources from other Asian countries.


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