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Japanese baby boomers seeking new jobs in China. They are popular as quality control leaders.

8, 20. 2007

   Japanese senior human resources, especially the baby boomers now facing the mandatory retirement age, are attracting job offers from China. While there are personnel shortages in China as a result of its fast economic growth, elderly workers in Japan, especially the baby boomers, are being forced to leave their jobs because they are reaching the mandatory retirement ages. Against these backgrounds, Chinese business firms seem to be interested in employing an increasing number of Japanese workers mainly as leaders in quality control.

Dalian City conducts orientation for employment of senior workers

Dalian City is positively accepting senior Japanese workers
Dalian City is positively accepting senior Japanese workers

   Some of local municipalities in China are starting efforts to secure "senior human resources" from Japan. Dalian City in Liaoning Prefecture held an orientation for employment in May 2007 targeted at Japanese senior workers. About 160 local business firms participated in the occasion. The city has shown a strong interest in securing human resources from Japan. In 2006, the city conducted an event in Tokyo to seek workers and also another event called "Japan week" in Dalian to attract workers from Japan. They city has set up a special agent to accept applications from Japanese job seekers.

   The personnel bureau of Dalian City, contacted by J-CAST News, said that the reason why the city is interested in accepting Japanese senior workers is that the senior workers still have the ability though they got old and left jobs. The bureau said some business firms in the city have long expressed their desire to employ Japanese. Demand on Japanese workers has become strong further of late as there are many Japanese-invested firms are operating in city and Japan is geographically close to the city, the bureau said. Dalian has the population of about 5 million, and about 10,000 Japanese are working in the city now.

   Because of the stronger demand from China and massive retirement from work of the baby boomers, an increasing number of Japanese employment agents are launching business of introducing new jobs to the baby boomers. There are more employment websites that are handling introduction of employment opportunities in China, especially for Japanese baby boomers.

   The staffing company Avanti Staff Corp., forming a tie-up with China's largest state-operated personnel service corporation China International Intellectech Corp., is making special effort for finding employment for Japanese workers, especially for senior workers.

   About the Chinese interest in accepting Japanese human resources, a person in charge of overseas affairs of the company said:

"There is a strong demand in China for Japanese leaders in the field of quality control as the concept of quality control in China's manufacturing industry is not well established. While Japanese baby boomers do not have much chance of utilizing their work experience (after reaching the mandatory retirement age), increasing number of them are seeking the opportunity of their "second career" overseas."

   As China needs more workers while Japan has an increasing number of job seeking senior workers, more Japanese are certain to go to China to find new jobs. Against the background of the fast economic growth in China, pays for Japanese workers in China are getting close to the levels they would receive in Japan, and this makes it easier for the Japanese baby boomers now reaching the mandatory retirement age to go to China seeking new job opportunities.

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