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Japan to Boost Training for Digital Workers to Stave Off Shortage

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Japan aims to have 3.3 million digital workers by the end of fiscal 2026.

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Japan's government plans to expand opportunities for students and working adults to acquire digital skills, aiming to add about 110,000 people studying in the field through fiscal 2024 as it faces a shortage of talent in areas like artificial intelligence.

There are an estimated one million digital workers in Japan. The government projects there will be a shortage of 2.3 million by fiscal 2026.

Japan will accredit courses that teach the necessary knowledge and skills. There are concerns about a lack of instructors, so the government will consider ways to allow companies to dispatch specialists with hands-on experience.

The government will also work on developing digital workers through collaboration between companies and universities, and has laid out plans to aid workers who want to shift to a digital field through reskilling.

From Nikkei Asia
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