Japan's Immigration Services Agency (ISA) is considering revoking or downgrading the residency status of foreign permanent residents who intentionally evade or repeatedly delay paying their taxes.

With the establishment of a “training and employment” program replacing the controversial foreign technical intern program, the agency expects an increase in the number of foreign workers acquiring permanent residency status.

The new system aims to bring foreign workers up to a certain skill level within three years, paving the way for them to acquire permanent residency.