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When “global talents” struggle to become local workers: The new face of skilled migration to corporate Japan


Hof, Helena; Tseng, Yen-Fen (2021). When “global talents” struggle to become local workers: The new face of skilled migration to corporate Japan. Asian and Pacific Migration Journal, 29(4):011719682098408.

Abstract

Although more Japanese companies are recruiting foreign employees, few studies have paid attention to foreign workers’ struggles in the workplace and their perceptions of their career over the long term. This study qualitatively explores the experiences of Asian and European locally hired white-collar employees in Japanese firms. It finds that although their numbers are rising, foreigners struggle with Japanese firms’ expectations for foreigners to assimilate regardless of nationality or ethnicity. Overall, firms focus on the assimilation of foreign employees. Thus, while the migrants are hired as “global talents,” Japanese firms expect them to act like local workers.

Abstract

Although more Japanese companies are recruiting foreign employees, few studies have paid attention to foreign workers’ struggles in the workplace and their perceptions of their career over the long term. This study qualitatively explores the experiences of Asian and European locally hired white-collar employees in Japanese firms. It finds that although their numbers are rising, foreigners struggle with Japanese firms’ expectations for foreigners to assimilate regardless of nationality or ethnicity. Overall, firms focus on the assimilation of foreign employees. Thus, while the migrants are hired as “global talents,” Japanese firms expect them to act like local workers.

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Item Type:Journal Article, not_refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Demography
Social Sciences & Humanities > Geography, Planning and Development
Uncontrolled Keywords:Geography, Planning and Development, Demography
Language:English
Date:6 January 2021
Deposited On:08 Feb 2021 17:38
Last Modified:24 Feb 2024 02:45
Publisher:Sage Publications
ISSN:0117-1968
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1177/0117196820984088
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