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The government on Tuesday included employment support for foreign technical trainees who have lost jobs due to the novel coronavirus pandemic in a revised package of measures aimed at bringing in more foreign workers.

The comprehensive package, which was first revised last year, was revised again to reflect issues related to the pandemic.

The creation of certified Japanese-language teacher status was also added, amid a growing need for language education for foreign nationals, as well as expansion of online residence application procedures.

The package did not include an expansion in the number of industries that are allowed to accept skilled foreign workers under new visa statuses introduced in April last year.

No in-depth discussion has taken place on the matter, an Immigration Services Agency official said. At present, there are 14 such industries, including nursing and construction.

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