Effective April 2019, the new specified skills visa will be implemented in Japan as a solution to the ongoing workforce crisis. That implies that there will be a significant increase in demand for foreign workers approximately to 345,150 from April 2019 up to the year 2024. This means that the new specified skills visa will greatly impact the company/ business production with their financial growth. On the other hand, this also means more chances of employment for foreign skilled workers and professionals who want to work in Japan.
The skill level and the Japanese language skill level will be tested based on the standards that the industry group of each job type requires from the country. A Japanese language proficiency test and a Japanese language nursing evaluation test (Nursing care only), determines the level of Japanese competence of the person. As a matter of principle, the Japanese Language Proficiency Test standard is N4 level.
Those who successfully complete Technical Intern Training No. 2 will be exempted from examinations related to Japanese language ability and technical level required to obtain the status of residence.
In addition, a person who entered Japan as a candidate for an EPA certified care worker and has been appropriately engaged in employment and training as a candidate for an EPA certified care worker for four years, will also be exempted from a skill test and a Japanese language test, etc., as long as they meet the required skill level and Japanese language proficiency level.
POLO Tokyo Guidelines for the Workers ' Deployment in Japan, under Specified Skilled Workers ' Visa 1 & 2