深刻な労働者不足に対応して、今まで、原則禁止されてきた単純労働とされる分野で、外国人を受け入れるための法改正が議論されています。 新制度は、日本人の就労希望者が少なく慢性的な人手不足に陥っている、建設、宿泊、農業、介護、造船などの分野での就労資格を外国人に与えることを可能にします。 外国人労働者が安心して就労するためのインフラ（教育・福祉・医療・年金制度）が整っているのかどうか、気になるところです。
In response to the serious shortage of labor, due to the rapid advancement of aging society, the government is now considering accepting more foreign laborers in new fields (so called blue collar) such as construction, farming, elderly care, airport services, etc. To accommodate newcomers, improving such infrastructure for newcomers as education for their family members, social security, health insurance, and pensions are seen as top priority.
President Trump is vowing to sign an executive order that would seek to end the right to U. S. citizenship for children born in the United States to noncitizens. This involves the amendment of the U.S. Constitution (Article 14) and will be difficult to be proceeded. In view of the fact that, the number of Chinese mothers who visit the U. S. to give birth to babies to have them become American citizens (babies-citizens) is on the increase, I am becoming concerned about demographic structure of the U.S. in the future. I hope that they will find the best solution, for everyone concerned, to this issue. https://wapo.st/2qi5o59?tid=ss_fb-amp
今年も友人が企画するハロウィンパーティーに参加させていただきました。最近、ハロウィンの方がバレンタインデーよりも人気/経済効果が高まっているそうです。その理由として: 1) 気軽に変装できる。2) 季節的に参加しやすい。3)インスタ映えする。 4)衣装/キャンディーなど経済効果がある。などが、あげられていました。日本ではなかなか人気がでないのではと考えられていたハロウィンですが、今では、しっかり定着しているそうですが、公の場でのマナー、ルールを守る事が求められています。
According to a study conducted by an economic research group, Halloween beats Valentine’s Day in terms of popularity and economic effects for the following reasons:1) Fun to wear a disguise. You can be a different person. 2)Good timing before the end of the year 3) Grammable 4) Higher economic effects with more sales on costumes and decorations, besides chocolates and candies. Although it had long been expected that it would be difficult for Halloween to be accepted by Japanese culture, it became one of the major events in fall in Japan. Since there is an increasing number of unlawful people who do not observe public rules in connection with waste, noise, social manners, it is necessary for the government to create some measures to prevent people from becoming too crazy. A6DE4C16-68D2-4446-8630-4564E9433B66
One of my former students who was dispatched to Uganda by JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) as a pharmacist has recently returned to Japan after her two years’ stay in the country. I was so pleased to welcome her back and to learn that she had a wonderful experience in Uganda helping a local government establish an efficient distribution system of medicines and other medical supplies. In retrospect, the first student of JETS Academy （founded 12 years ago） happened to be a nurse dispatched to Tonga by JICA. Although I, myself, am unable to go to these places to be actively involved in international volunteer activities, I feel so privileged if I can do something for those who work hard to make the world a better place to live in. I am so inspired that I will do whatever I can to pursue my dream: “Think globally, act locally!”