The new system will be much appreciated. Read about the revision of policy in this Japan Times article.
I fully recommend taking the opportunity to work in Japan - the most popular areas are English teaching, finance and recruitment. It is relatively hard to get a business visa. You need to set up a business, prepare a business plan, etc. Sounds reasonable, but for some the process will be too onerous.
There are other ways to stay there including study, whether for an MBA or marshall arts (under a cultural visa). Otherwise you can simply stay there visa-free and exit the country every 90 days. Check out the list of countries to see which provisions apply to your country.
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