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Parties linked to underworld syndicates will be prohibited starting June 1 from sponsoring foreigners coming into Japan on entertainer visas, the Justice Ministry announced in its public bulletin Monday.

The move, stipulated in an amended ministerial ordinance, is aimed at curbing human-trafficking. Foreign women who have entered Japan on “entertainer” visas, ostensibly as singers or dancers, have often been forced to work as hostesses in low-paying bars or nightclubs or to engage in prostitution.

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