What’s going on:
The Japanese government is considering a dedicated visa program tailored specifically for digital nomads, according to Japanese media outlet The Yomiuri Shimbun.
This initiative is part of a broader action plan to increase the number of foreign visitors to Japan to pre-pandemic levels, according to The Daily Star.
Why it matters:
Digital nomads, who work remotely while traveling in or outside of their home countries, are being targeted by an increasing number of countries in Europe and other regions with similar visa offerings. One goal of the digital nomad visa is to attract highly skilled remote workers to live and spend resources within a country.
The Yomiuri Shimbun reports that there are an estimated 35 million digital nomads worldwide, and their annual spending is approximately $787 billion, or about ¥110 trillion. By introducing a digital nomad visa, Japan would likely boost consumption among foreign visitors and create a convenient environment that would attract skilled workers to stay in the country for longer periods of time.
How it’ll impact the future:
If a digital nomad visa is implemented in Japan, the country will likely become a competitive remote work destination among the list of countries already offering similar visas. Japan’s decision might also inspire other countries that have traditionally had stricter work visa policies to implement their own digital nomad visas.
Additionally, Japan is experiencing similar labor shortages that are felt all around the world, and the country is anticipating a big drop in its working population in the future. By accommodating highly skilled remote workers with a digital nomad visa, the country could foster a positive impact on the country’s economy and technology landscape.