New immigration rules affecting Japanese school in Austria
Japan Today -- Oct 10
Austria's stricter immigration controls are jeopardizing classes at the Japanese School in Vienna, as two teachers failed to obtain visas before their visa-free stays in the country expired Saturday.

The school, which has six other full-time teachers dispatched from Japan and a few locally hired part-time teachers, said it will try to cope by asking the remaining staff to cover more lessons while looking for students' parents with teacher's licenses who can help.

Two teachers who arrived in Austria last spring had been working under the bilateral visa exemption arrangements permitting stays of up to six months while waiting for long-term visas to be issued.

Austria has tightened rules for issuing visas for all foreigners this year amid rising unemployment and growing complaints over generous measures to protect refugees.

Since spring, immigration authorities have necessitated foreigners to take out Austria public insurance, which costs 200-300 euros per month for a family of a Japanese school teacher.

But as that insurance takes six months to become effective after being obtained, the authorities also have required foreigners to buy private insurance to cover the blank period.

That means a Japanese teacher's family must pay up to 1,300 euros monthly for insurance, which proved too expensive for the two teachers who consequently failed to obtain visas before the expiration of their visa-free stays.

News source: Japan Today
Jan 21
The Tokyo metropolitan government will survey foreign tourists on what they enjoy about the city's nightlife, aiming to better cater to their interests while encouraging them to spend, a source said Saturday. (Japan Today)
Jan 21
Japan's Defense Ministry says the Air Self-Defense Force scrambled its jets against Chinese aircraft fewer times during the first 9 months of this fiscal year, compared to the previous year. (NHK)
Jan 21
Tokyo Metropolitan Police arrested another organized crime member over the alleged possession of a pistol found last year through the help of a so-called “hybrid police dog,” reports TV Asahi (tokyoreporter.com)
Jan 21
The body of a child which was found Friday at the edge of a river in Sakai, Fukui Prefecture, has been identified as that of a three-year-old boy who has been missing since Dec 9. (Japan Today)
Jan 21
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested three persons, including a former member of a bosozoku group, over the alleged extortion of a male adult video (AV) star, reports Nikkan Sports (tokyoreporter.com)
Jan 21
Work to dispose of a World War II bomb that did not explode was carried out on Kokusai-dori, a major street in the city center of Naha, the capital of Japan's southernmost prefecture of Okinawa, on Saturday. (Jiji)
Jan 21
The New York office of the Japan National Tourism Organization has produced four videos to promote tourist attractions of Japan's Tohoku northeastern region to American people. (Jiji)
Jan 21
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 32-year-old man for over an illicit encounter with a high school girl last year that he allegedly filmed, reports Fuji News Network (tokyoreporter.com)
Jan 21
The Tokyo High Court has ruled that Yahoo Japan Co. defamed a man and has ordered that it delete 11 search results that associate his name with criminal behavior, sources have confirmed. (Japan Times)
Jan 21
Thousands of blooming tulips are giving people an early taste of spring at a park in eastern Japan. (NHK)