Japan is the heaven for foreign workers.
Generally, it is difficult for foreign people to get a job in foreign country. Even though they are talented and have a lot of skill, company are reluctant to hire you because it has to support you to get a working visa, and it is costly. But, Japan is an exception because to survive in the international competition, multinational companies in Japan are looking for people who can able and work globally. Foreign workers are not substitutes for Japanese domestic workers any more, but they are leading workers for the company.
Is a personnel manager a foreign worker collector?
Recruitment stuffs of large multinational company in Japan starve for foreign workers. They try to get attention from foreign job seekers. For example, personnel staffs of one company takes a French part time worker to a job fair for foreign new entry level job seekers because they like to appeal that the company is a working place where a lot of foreign people exist even though it isn’t actually. One funny thing is that one personnel manager gave name card to an international student from Sri Lanka even though her company has no branch in that country.
Some recruitment staffs prefer foreign workers who are from…
This is a little shameful, but there is a discrimination against people from different countries. For example, some companies don’t want Chinese and Korean workers any more. It is not because companies hate them irrationally, but it is because there are already a lot of workers from these companies. (Gut if they are component, they will be hired.) Instead, probably people from Western countries are attractive to them. Companies want people from “rare” countries from which no worker in the company are. For example, if there is no German in the company, it wants them.
There might be a case that they are hired even though they can’t speak Japanese. But, the job field should be limited to somewhere English is spoken. If you like to increase the chance to get a better job in Japan and if you like to get promoted as a regular Japanese does in the company, you should be proficient in Japanese. Recommended proficiency level is N1 level of JLPT, Japan Language Proficiency Test. Moreover, high oral communication skill in Japanese is required because you have to talk with Japanese domestic workers every day. Certainly, I have seen some international students, and they who got a job in Japan are able to speak Japanese as if they were Japanese.
After you are hired
One problem foreign workers may have is that there is a case that they can’t use their ability or skill in the company. For example, one Vietnamese was hired by a large multinational company in Japan. But she quitted the job soon because the company didn’t have any branch in Vietnam and she did a job which is not related to Vietnam and which everyone could do. Probably she wanted to have a job which took advantage of her ability and developed her potential. This kind of mismatch can be seen a lot. Therefore, you should take time to consider which company is the best for you.