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Opposition parties stepped up criticism Monday of an envisaged shake-up of Japan’s immigration control law as its passage through the Lower House grew near, slamming Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s interpretation of immigrants that they said was out of line with “global standards.”

The bulk of Monday’s Diet deliberations were spent scrutinizing a bill set to overhaul the immigration control law, in changes intended to assuage the country’s severe labor crunch that stems from its graying population. Opposition parties are fiercely opposed to its passage through the Lower House, currently slated for Tuesday.

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