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Japan's Diet votes yes to more foreign care workers

Under newly passed legislation, foreign caregivers will have more opportunities to work in Japan.

TOKYO -- Legislation passed Friday opens more doors for foreign-born nursing care professionals to work in Japan, a move taken to address a labor shortage.

The measures, approved by the upper house across party lines, take effect next year. Nursing care will join the list of occupations qualifying for long-term residency. The new residency status will apply to foreigners certified as care workers in Japan.

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