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FOREIGN WORKERS

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.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Nov 13, 2018
Emigration — not immigration — one of top Japanese concerns amid shrinking population: Pew poll
With Japan's population of 127 million expected to shrink to 88 million by 2065, many appear unsettled by the perceived balance between emigration and immigration.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 9, 2018
Chinese trainee wins compensation from Japanese farm after overtime pay amounted to ¥400 per hour
In another incident of abuse involving the government's foreign trainee program, often accused of being a cover for cheap labor, a Chinese trainee is awarded u00a51.99 million in unpaid wages owed by a farmer.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Nov 7, 2018
Japan looks to crack down on abuse of health insurance system as it plans for foreign worker influx
Insurance under the social welfare system covers medical expenses not only of corporate workers but also their family members, who it does not currently require to be living in Japan.
JAPAN
Nov 5, 2018
Think tank says applicants for planned blue-collar visas should have college degrees
A newly launched think tank researching policies for accepting more foreign workers said Monday that as a condition for new visa statuses currently being discussed in the Diet, the government should require prospective applicants to have a college degree.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 4, 2018
51.3% of Japanese support bill to accept more foreign workers, Kyodo poll shows
More than half of Japanese support a bill to accept more foreign workers, a nationwide Kyodo News poll showed Sunday.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Nov 4, 2018
Japan expects acceptance of 40,000 foreign workers in first year of proposed new visas rules: sources
Some 40,000 foreign workers are expected to be accepted in the first year the new visa categories go into effect, with the total rising to 250,000 after five years, government sources said Saturday.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Nov 2, 2018
Japan's Cabinet approves bill to introduce new visa categories for foreign workers, to address shrinking workforce
The bill marks a departure from previous policy in allowing foreign individuals to work in blue collar industries for a potentially indefinite amount of time.
JAPAN / Politics
Oct 30, 2018
Liberal Democratic Party's General Council approves draft immigration control bill despite members' concerns
The Liberal Democratic Party's General Council approved on Tuesday a government-drafted bill on immigration control, which will introduce new visa statuses for blue-collar and skilled workers, despite concerns within the party over whether the country can properly handle the possible influx of workers...
Japan Times
JAPAN
Oct 29, 2018
Government planning seasonal limits on new five-year residence status for foreign workers in Japan: sources
The step will be in response to requests mainly from the agriculture industry, the sources said.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Oct 18, 2018
Abe wants foreigners to bolster Japan's shrinking workforce but finds vocal resistance
A strict immigration policy has helped make Japan one of the world's oldest and most homogeneous societies. Now, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's plan to invite as many as half a million foreign workers is testing the country's tolerance for change.
Japan Times
JAPAN / CABINET INTERVIEW 2018
Oct 13, 2018
'Management and coexistence': Japan's justice minister calls for balance in dealing with foreign nationals
Ten days into his new job, Justice Minister Takashi Yamashita said one of his major goals is to strike a balance between management and coexistence when it comes to foreign nationals in Japan.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Oct 12, 2018
New visa statuses proposed for blue-collar workers do not offer permanent residency: justice minister
Comments come as ministry details plan to allow people with knowledge and abilities Japan needs to work in the nation.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Oct 11, 2018
Japan considers permanent residency for skilled blue-collar workers
The government is considering allowing blue-collar foreign workers with certain skills to live permanently in the country with their families, as Japan struggles with a serious labor shortage amid a declining population, sources said Thursday.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Sep 26, 2018
Japanese government to mull new work visa to help more labor-hungry professions: top government spokesman
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Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Aug 28, 2018
Japan will overhaul Immigration Bureau to create agency for expected surge of blue-collar workers under new status
The move comes as the government seeks to accept more foreign workers and introduce a new status of residence amid a serious labor crunch.

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