In principle, new entry of foreigners was suspended again due to the spread of the new coronavirus variant virus "Omicron strain", and there was growing concern that labor shortages might be spurred at nursing care sites where expectations for foreign human resources were rising. I am.

New entry of foreigners was conditionally eased in November last year for short-term residents for business or work purposes, but it was stopped again in the same month due to the spread of the mutant virus "Omicron strain". rice field.

The number of new arrivals at the time of relaxation was only 228, including 132 short-term residents and 13 technical intern trainees, and expectations for foreign human resources are rising due to chronic labor shortages. Even in the field of long-term care, people who were planning to enter Japan continue to be unable to come to Japan.

According to the Immigration Bureau of Japan, under the "Specific Skills" system that started three years ago to solve the labor shortage, the number of people with long-term care status of residence was 3947 as of the end of September last year, which was the end of March last year. Compared to the above, the number of people has increased by more than 2,000, but most of them seem to have changed their status of residence to those who were already in Japan.

It is estimated that few people will be able to enter the country under this system even after October.

Regarding specific skills, it was pointed out that the number of applicants did not increase as expected, but as the effects of the new coronavirus continued for two years, some people were thinking of doing a long-term care job in Japan. There is growing concern at the nursing care site that the day may be given up and labor shortages may be accelerated.