Tokyo Allows Foreign Workers to Work Beauty Industries

Tokyo’s local government would allow foreigners to work as beauticians and stylists for the first time starting in October.

Japan adopted the policy during the Council on National Strategic Special Zones meeting on Wednesday, allowing foreigners to acquire a license in jobs related to the beauty industry.

Foreigners could study at technical schools in Japan for two years. They should also pass a national exam to become beauticians before working in the industry.

The Japanese government would qualify foreigners with student visas to work for five years to gain experience. The government clarified that the license to work in the beauty industry would not give foreigners a residency status.

The said policy was part of the government’s national strategic special zones scheme, an initiative to support regional economic growth.

“Japan’s beauty industry is the best in the world. I want them to take the advanced techniques and hospitality skills they learn in Tokyo and share them with the world,” said Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike.

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