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FOREIGN WORKERS

Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 13, 2018
Japan plans to make regional labor markets accessible to new foreign workers
The government plans to take measures to make regional labor markets accessible to foreign blue-collar workers to avoid them concentrating in large cities such as Tokyo when the country starts admitting them under the new visa system next year, the government's top spokesman said Thursday.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / LABOR PAINS
Dec 12, 2018
A new law regarding foreign workers brings up old problems
Activists in the field bring up concerns with Japan's new approach to manual laborers from overseas.
EDITORIALS
Dec 10, 2018
Accepting more foreign workers brings challenges
Unless the government ensures immigrants get the support necessary to have a decent life, it will lose the growing competition among countries to attract foreign workers.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Dec 8, 2018
Irasshaimase!: Foreign-born clerks are becoming a familiar sight at convenience stores nationwide, but is Japan ready to welcome them?
Phan Hoang Tu Linh feels she has gotten the hang of working in a Japanese convenience store now, but she admits she found it tough at first.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Dec 8, 2018
Decision to permit more foreign workers draws praise from big business, fear from municipalities
Business leaders on Saturday welcomed Japan's move to accept more foreign workers to ease the graying nation's labor crunch, but some municipalities appeared unsure about how to brace for the influx.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 8, 2018
As Japan enacts law opening door wider to foreign labor, experts warn of challenges with integration
Experts say new government policies to facilitate the integration of foreign workers into Japanese society will be necessary if the new visa system is to succeed.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Dec 7, 2018
Japan passes controversial immigration bill paving way for foreign worker influx
The bill has elicited a fierce backlash from opposition lawmakers, who say it is void of key specifics.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Dec 7, 2018
69 foreign technical interns died in Japan between 2015 and 2017, ministry data reveals
A total of 69 foreigners working as part of the technical intern program died between 2015 and 2017, according to a Justice Ministry tally made available by an opposition lawmaker on Thursday.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 27, 2018
Immigration bill clears Lower House despite opposition filibuster and no-confidence motion
Deliberations on the bill, which is predicted to bring in 340,000 blue-collar foreign workers, only started Nov. 21, leading opposition parties to call for more discussion.
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 26, 2018
Opposition ramps up criticism of new immigration law ahead of Lower House passage
They slammed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's interpretation of immigrants as out of line with “global standards.”
Japan Times
JAPAN
Nov 22, 2018
Supporters of foreign workers call for equal pay and permanent residence in Japan
Activists on Wednesday called for the creation of a permanent resident visa for blue-collar foreign workers and equal pay as their Japanese co-workers as the country aims to bring in more laborers from overseas.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 20, 2018
Japan's ruling bloc votes down motion to remove head of judiciary committee amid clash over immigration bill
In the latest political clash over a controversial immigration bill, the ruling parties on Tuesday voted down a motion calling for the dismissal of the head of the Lower House's judiciary committee.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Nov 19, 2018
From entertainment sushi to pension sushi
It is much easier to globalize economic systems, but it is still very difficult to globalize the minds of human beings.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Deep Dive
Nov 18, 2018
Japan's IT firms enthusiastically open doors to overseas tech workers
The dozens of young Chinese engineers looked nervous, but eager, as they presented their work in English during a hack-athon in September at the high-rise Roppongi Hills complex in Tokyo.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies / Deep Dive
Nov 18, 2018
Miyazaki finds solution to IT labor crunch thousands of kilometers away
Like many of Japan's smaller cities, Miyazaki has been hit by a growing labor crunch, a trend highlighted by the mere 56.8 percent of high school graduates that chose to remain in the prefecture to work — third-worst among the 47 prefectures.
Japan Times
JAPAN / View from Osaka
Nov 17, 2018
Kansai business community sees future foreign worker influx with both hope and concern
The news last week that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government is preparing to admit up to 345,000 foreign workers by 2023 has been met with a combination of hope they will help prop up agricultural, manufacturing and service sectors that are struggling to find workers, and concern that Abe has rushed...
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 17, 2018
Diet discussion halted after Justice Ministry says data in survey on missing foreign trainees was miscalculated
The ruling coalition dropped a plan to start substantive deliberations in the Diet on Friday on a bill that would increase the number of foreign workers in the country amid a major backlash from opposition parties over errors in a related government survey.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Nov 16, 2018
Japan looks to hold tests in seven countries for farm jobs under new visas
Although cautious, Japanese firms are ready to hire foreign workers who will come to the country under a new visa arrangement.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 14, 2018
More than 345,000 foreign workers predicted to come to Japan under new visas: government
Some 345,000 blue-collar foreign workers may join the workforce through the first five years of a new working visa system set to be introduced in April — if it wins Diet approval.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 14, 2018
Abe says government will set 'cap' on number of foreign workers under new visa types
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday that the government will soon reveal estimates of worker shortages that will effectively function as a cap on the number of foreign workers to be admitted under a new visa system currently being deliberated by the Diet.

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