National Apr 8, 2014

Minister cautions on foreign maids

Labor minister Norihisa Tamura on Tuesday expressed reservations about accepting more foreign workers as housekeepers, an idea backed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. "Japanese people are also working in that sector and it would not be appropriate if they got expelled from the industry," said ...

Business Jan 27, 2014

As games loom, barriers for foreign workers show cracks

by Andy Sharp

Japan's barriers to foreign labor are showing signs of cracking as preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics threaten to exacerbate the worst shortage of construction workers in almost 20 years. Curbs on visas for foreign blue-collar workers may be loosened, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga ...