Foreign Workers at Restaurants Increase！？What will Happen in 2020?
In 2020, more inbound travelers are expected to visit Japan than before, and it is expected that foreigners living in Japan will have more opportunities to play active roles in restaurant jobs. So, this time, we introduce recent trends of the number of foreign visitors to Japan and events to be held in Japan in 2020, and then talk about the opportunities for foreign residents to play an active part in restaurants.
Foreign visitors to Japan increase year by year
According to JNTO（Japan National Tourism Organization）, the number of foreigners visiting Japan has increased every year since 2011.In 2019,it recorded a record high of 31.88 million foreigners visiting Japan.
The number of visitors in 2018 topped more than 30 million. That came 11th in the world and 4th in Asia.
In fact, about 80% of foreigners visiting Japan are from Asia. Many of them come from Korea and China, and in the 2019 survey only two countries accounted for about 50% of the total number of foreign visitors to Japan. For this reason, many restaurants are focusing on Chinese and Korean in addition to English as an inbound tourists countermeasure.
The Japanese government is aiming a goal of 40 million inbound tourists for 2020 in order to realize a “Tourism-oriented country” with tourism as the foundation of the Japanese economy. It is expected that the number of foreign visitors to Japan will continue to increase in the future, as various measures are being taken to achieve the goal.
Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics!
“Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics” starting in July are expected to have a significant impact on the number of foreign visitors to Japan in 2020.
Many people from other countries are expected to visit to see Olympians and Paralympians, and the number of foreign tourists is expected to increase, especially in Tokyo where many sports are held.
It is also said that the impact of inbound tourists demand by hosting the Olympics and Paralympics is not limited to the year it is held, but tends to continue thereafter. According to the Japan Tourism Agency's“Trends in the number of inbound tourists after the Olympic and Paralympic Games”, in cities that previously hosted the Olympic and Paralympic Games, inbound tourists demand has been increasing for a long time. Therefore, if Japan follows this trend, inbound tourists demand will increase even after the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.
More opportunities for foreign job seekers in Japan! ?
The more foreign visitors to Japan, the greater the number of foreign visitors to restaurants in Japan.
According to the Japan Tourism Agency's “Travel Consumption for Foreign Visitors to Japan”, 975.8 billion yen were spent for food and beverage expenses by foreign visitors to Japan in 2018. This is the second largest consumption after shopping and accommodation.
For this reason, many restaurants are considering taking inbound measures by the time the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics are held in order to capture such consumption by foreign tourists. In particular, many restaurants want to strengthen their “support for foreign languages”, and some restaurants are actually preparing multilingual menus or considering introducing translation tools.
Some restaurants are considering recruiting foreign staff as one of inbound measures. If you can speak English, Chinese, Korean, etc., you will have more opportunities to be active in shops, such as helping to translate menus and serving foreign tourists.
In addition, there are opportunities to show the cultural differences between Japan and other countries to foreigners, and to be active in a variety of situations related to inbound measures. There are many restaurants that want to strengthen inbound measures at the occasion of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, so let's show your qualities actively in job hunting.
Foreign residents can play an active role in 2020
2020, where the number of foreign visitors to Japan is expected to increase, is a year in which foreign residents in Japan will have more opportunities to play active roles in restaurant jobs.Due to growing inbound demand, many restaurants are looking for foreign job seekers. Why not try working at a restaurant in Japan with utilizing your strengths?
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