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Japan eyes longer stays, safeguards for farmhands from overseas

Nation's aging agricultural sector stands to benefit from initiative

Japan looks to bring more foreign workers into its agricultural sector.

TOKYO -- As foreigners become eligible for jobs at Japanese farms inside designated economic zones, the government is crafting guidelines to protect the interests of these workers while also providing much-needed labor in the country's aging, far-flung regions.

Tokyo aims to publish the guidelines soon to supplement the new legislation regarding strategic economic zones that was enacted in June. Many prefectures and townships have expressed interest in participating in the program.

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