Door Opens For Foreign Domestics But Costs, Protection Still Issues

Door opens for foreign domestics but costs, protection still issuesThe door has opened for the first foreign housekeepers to be hired under a Japanese government policy aimed at helping professional women re-enter the workforce after having children.
But as attention focuses on Kanagawa Prefecture and Osaka city, where domestic workers will begin training this month before being dispatched to several locations, problems remain regarding high service costs as well as questions about protecting workers' rights.

Double-income households welcome the legal change, which will ease labor shortages in Japan's housekeeping industry, but it remains to be seen whether the new policy will achieve the desired effect and become pervasive among ordinary households.