A House of Representatives committee on Friday approved legislation to replace the foreign technical intern program with a new training scheme to allow foreigners to work in Japan for the medium to long term.

The Judicial Affairs Committee of the lower chamber of the Diet, Japan's parliament, passed the legislation to revise relevant laws including the immigration control and refugee recognition law by a majority vote with support mainly from the ruling coalition led by the Liberal Democratic Party.

The measure is expected to pass the full chamber at a plenary meeting on Tuesday for submission to the House of Councilors, the upper chamber of parliament.