I am a fully qualified carpenter and wish to work in my trade in japan what sort of oportunities are there and does anyone know were I can look to pursue this goal.
Japanese home construction is... ...different. The standards are different and the tools are a little different. For example, all homes even today are built on the old traditional measuring system, but many tools which take direct advantage of that were banned decades ago in a push to go metric.
That being said, the home building industry is one of the places where foreigners--mostly unskilled and undocumented workers from the third world--abound.
The Japanese government banned the use of the traditional units for official purposes starting Japan Fiscal Year 1966 and included the use of tools calibrated in Shaku and other traditional units of measure. It is not a ministry regulation, but codified in law. This was done to metricify the country. Try to find anything other than metric tools at a local DIY store.Who banned them and under what authority?
Just look around construction sites. As for the undocumented part, it's anecdotal, but an in-law of mine in the business lost his entire staff in a raid a few years back. Japanese businesses hire illegals for pretty much the same reason American businesses do.What do you base that on?
I can't speak for the construction industry, but there are lots of people working here illegally, and the government doesn't do much about it. In fact, the government often is the reason they come here, work a short while as trainees or interns, then get sent back.I do not think it is a prevelant today as it was years ago but I am sure the practice of grabbing day laborers is pretty common throughout the world especially for construction.