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Japan to ease language requirements for unskilled foreign workers

Policy aims to bolster country's shrinking workforce in five key sectors

Vietnamese trainees work at a building site in Tokyo on May 22. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

TOKYO -- The Japanese government plans to ease restrictions on unskilled foreign nationals seeking to work in Japan, Nikkei learned Tuesday, as the country grapples with a serious labor shortage.

The new policy, which will ease Japanese language requirements for overseas workers, will be incorporated into a work permit system and included in draft economic policy guidelines to be finalized by June.

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